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Comparative Regional Economic Impacts of Agriculture -

Regional economic impacts are produced by all farming systems. Understanding the difference among farming systems can help policy makers and advocates define and guide policy in response to societal goals. For example, if rural development is a goal, policies and programs can be targeted to those types of farms that provide the most benefits to the community. If diverse farming systems can be shown to provide increased local economic benefits compared to other systems, we may choose to reward that type of farming in order to promote local rural development. If certain ownership or marketing arrangements are shown to improve regional economies, local interests may choose to direct rural economic development funds towards supporting those initiatives. This paper seeks to answer the question of which, if any, farming structures outperform others in terms of local economic benefits. Improved performance could be a rationale for rural economic development programs. An economic benefit that may be desirable to communities is to keep more money in the community, which would have the effect of maintaining or strengthening local economic health and
resiliency.

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