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farm size, rice production, cotton production, decision making


This report contains information from a 2001 focus group survey of production practices and marketing decisions of ‘typical’ representative Arkansas farms from selected counties in eastern Arkansas. While the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) publishes similar information through the Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service, reporting of these statistics is often not differentiated across crops or specific farm type. Therefore, one of the major objectives of this survey was to ascertain production practices for specific crops and farm types typical of row crop farms in eastern Arkansas. Responses were categorized into production regions dominated by either rice or cotton production. The results of this study may be useful in creating profiles of ‘typical’ Arkansas farms. It should thus prove useful in evaluating effects of various farm policies or changes in production methods on Arkansas rice and cotton farms.

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