Determinants of decisions to enter the U.S. farming sector

Ashok Mishra, Hisham S. El-Osta

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This study investigates the factors likely to affect an individual's decision to enter farming after and/or while participating in an off-farm employment activity. Additionally, an ordered multivariate regression procedure was used to analyze the degree of importance of selected motivating reasons that were drivers of individuals' decision to enter farming. Results indicate that individuals with lower education, children in the household, and older family members were more likely to have entered farming as an occupation. Findings further suggest that federal policies in the form of farm program payments may provide retired nonfarm workers incentives to enter farming in later life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-98
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Beginning farmer
  • farm policy
  • income source
  • labor participation
  • occupational choice
  • ordered probit model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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