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American Agriculture and the Problem of Monopoly: The by Jon K. Lauck

By Jon K. Lauck

The breathtaking variety of mergers and joint ventures between agribusiness businesses has left self sufficient American farmers dealing with the ability of an more and more focused paying for quarter. The starting place of farmers’ predicament with such financial focus dates again to protests opposed to meatpackers and railroads within the past due 19th century. Jon Lauck examines the scale of this challenge within the American Midwest within the many years following global struggle II. He analyzes the character of pageant inside of meat-packing and grain markets. moreover, he addresses matters approximately company access into creation agriculture and the aptitude displacement of a construction method outlined by means of self reliant kin farms.

Lauck additionally considers the power of farmers to prepare in an effort to counter the marketplace strength of large-scale agribusiness dealers. He explores using farmer cooperatives and different mechanisms that can bring up the bargaining energy of farmers. The booklet bargains the 1st severe historic exam of the nationwide Farmers association, which absolutely embraced the bargaining strength reason within the postwar interval. Lauck unearths that self sustaining farmers’ makes an attempt at association were extra profitable than formerly famous, yet he additionally exhibits that their successes were undermined via the becoming focus and tool of agri-business companies, justifying a brand new method of antitrust legislations in agricultural markets.

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