Agricultural Cooperatives: Their Why and Their How by Glynn McBride

By Glynn McBride

The genesis of this booklet dates again a couple of years to an annual assembly of the yank Institute of Cooperation. Cooperative leaders at that assembly brazenly expressed their emotions that they want a far more desirable dedication at the a part of our land furnish universities specifically and different academic associations typically to making a better knowing of cooperatives and their position in our economic climate. considering i used to be in contract with this place, the path regularly team motion which i used to be instructing was once replaced to stress the function of agricultural cooperatives. the necessity for a textbook designed to aid during this emphasis grew to become obvious. This publication is the fruits of an attempt to satisfy that want. This e-book has been ready with the scholar and teacher in brain. it really is established upon event won from decades of interplay with scholars in a school room atmosphere, in discussions with them after type hours, and once they had accomplished their measure specifications and had taken positions in jndustry, govt, or somewhere else. whereas pursuits of the booklet have remained quite unchanged through the years, the subĀ­ stance and layout as technique of assembly these pursuits have replaced at times because of those contacts and discussions. The enter xiv Preface xv of scholars through the years as mirrored during this product is gratefully acknowledged.

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In like manner, other industries can be subjected to the same analytical procedure and conclusions can be reached. In this way, we can move toward our goal of developing a position in regard to whether agricultural cooperatives are justified. This constructively critical posture is a basic component of the process of moving toward professionalism and is a major current objective in our work in this course. REFERENCES Breimyer, H. F. 1976. Economics ofthe Product Markets of Agriculture. Iowa State University Press, Ames.

How does the market system concept shown by the marketing umbrella have relevance for our purposes? 2. " Comment. 3. Is there a public interest element involved in firm sizes in various industries? What is it? Is it automatically realized by we the people? Why or why not? Tying-Together Questions 33 4. Agriculture was completely vertically integrated in the beginning. Then it specialized. Then it moved from independence to interdependency. Explain exactly what happened, why, and its implications for everyone involved.

Washington, DC. TO HELP IN LEARNING 1. Restate our objectives in this course. 2. " 3. If someone says that the 8 largest firms supplying inputs to agriculture have 84% of total sales, what does that mean to you? 32 2 Structure of Agricultural Input and Output Industries 4. If the 16 largest buyers of agricultural products buy 50% of the total output of agriculture, what does this mean in relation to our objectives? 5. Years ago when agriculture grew or produced a large share of its own inputs, it was said to be more independent.

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