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July 31, 1943

American Agriculture, 1899-1939: A Study of Output, Employment and Productivity

JAMA. 1943;122(14):980. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840310072036

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In wartime the place of agriculture in the national economy has assumed unusually widespread interest. Discussions of our ability to function as a bread basket for the world are heard with increasing frequency on the radio, in the press and on the streets. For those who would attempt to evaluate the plethora of proposals which crop up, the present volume should prove highly valuable. The number of persons gainfully employed in agriculture appears to have remained substantially constant over the period studied, although farm production has gone up approximately 50 per cent. This trend in production barely keeps pace with the population growth; thus it may be seen that output per worker has risen. Compared with the increase in output of manufactured goods, which show an increase of some 400 per cent within the period studied, agriculture makes a poor showing. Publication of the present volume was made possible by

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