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Agricultural Changes and the Depopulation of Nonmetropolitan Minnesota.

Hart, John Fraser and Mark B. Lindberg.

The population of nonmetropolitan Minnesota is slowly declining as farms grow larger and require fewer workers, although the population of some small towns and cities in the nonmetropolitan area continues to grow. The demographically deprived nonmetropolitan areas have fewer young women of childbearing age and more elderly people. Population change is related to farming change that is tied to the physical geography of the state. The shift to cash-crop farming demands larger farms that use less labor but need level land to facilitate the use of modern farm machinery. We suggest that many dairy farms in areas of rolling topography are too small to remain economically competitive; their operators will downshift to hobby ranches for beef cattle and take off-farm jobs

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
44 (1): 16-21
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