603 research outputs found

    Smalltown Businesses Also Caught in Farm Financial Stress

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    The effects of the agricultural crisis have also been felt among business operators in small towns of North Dakota. Our recent survey of business operators provides a first-hand glimpse at how farm events affected nonfarm businesses, the management adjustments operators made, and their expectations for the next few years. Businesses that started up in the 1970's appear to have been hurt most by declining revenue and falling equity in the farm sector. Business operators were nonetheless cautiously optimistic about the future

    Regional Landfills Offer Cost Savings for Rural Communities

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    Environmental concerns have led to more stringent standards for the construction, operation, maintenance, and closure of municipal solid waste landfills. These regulations will increase the cost of operating landfills, especially for small communities in rural areas. However, estimates of the cost of a system of regional landfills in North Dakota suggest that such a strategy could reduce the statewide costs of meeting the new standards, especially in rural areas

    North Dakota and Texas Farmers Who Are in Financial Stress

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    Many American farmers are facing their most severe financial crisis since the 1930's. An unprecedented proportion of farmers may be forced to quit within the next 5 years. To see how farmers might adjust to the farm financial crisis and how those adjustments might affect farm-dependent rural communities, we conducted a telephone survey of farmers in North Dakota and Texas. We asked them about their finances, their families (age, number of children, and so on), and their off-farm working experience. After initial screening, 1,953 farmers (933 in North Dakota and 1,020 in Texas) remained who were younger than age 65, considered farming their primary occupation, and sold $2,500 or more of farm products in 1984

    Telecommunications Spur North Dakota's Rural Economy

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    In the past few years several telecommunications-based firms expanded to rural areas, banging employment opportunities and boosting rural economies. But what kinds of jobs do they actually offer? In North Dakota, new telecommunications jobs seem to offer employee wages and fringe benefits comparable with those of new manufacturing jobs