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7 > Image 7 of Kentucky Alumnus, 1986, no. 3

Part of Kentucky alumnus

r E E F l Frmers Motivotions New Kid in Town _ in Not all farmers are involved in agricul- -The "marginal family farmer," Owensboro Community College got a l` ` ture for the same reasons, and thus are who lacks property or skills, and values good start as UKs 14th community col- " i likely to be affected differently by gov- autonomy while finding it difficult to re- lege with a Fall 86 enrollment of 1,800. ernment farm policies, says a UK soci- main autonomous. While he may be in Classes were held last year as an exten- @5 ologist, Patrick Mooney. a poor financial condition, he is more sion of Henderson Community College h i While some farmers view their Oeeu- likely to stay in farming because he en- proving the need for a permanent facili- d pation solely as a business, others are joys the lifestyle. ty. After authorization by the 1986 Ji driven more by a desire to live the agri- Mooney says farmers who are not General Assembly, plans are now mov- ie Il cultural lifestyle. purely economically motivated may not ing ahead for construction of new facili- P Those in the latter category some- be helped much by government farm ties on approximately 100 acres of land = times make decisions that seem contrary policy, because such policies tend to ig- on US 231 at Veach Road. The hiring is V to the economists view of proiit- nore the "human" factor and assume of an architect to draw up plans and te l maximization. These decisions are not that falmfS will alWayS do what is most specifications is the next item on the 2 irrational but reflect a different set of C001'i&llY expedient. agenda. j values, which Mooney referred to as MTG 3 l0t of f&fY1'1fS, tl'1 f1'10St impor- - "craftship"where work is valued as tant thing is autonomy, what they call Dr more than merely a means to make iboiflg mY OWU b0SS, iisiid Mooney. d` mOney_ "If some action could allow them to in "EcOOmjstS and policymakers [end make more money but threaten that au- to assume that all decision-making takes tonorny, such as borrowing money for Cr place in [hg COy)[(-jxt Of pygfit- Xp21I1SlOI'1, SOl'l'1 Of[l'1Cl'l'l Cl`1OOS 3.l1 rc maximization, lm trying to show that tonomy 0VF PYOHL iI`_ [hg[g ngt always [hc Cg_g Mggngy NOHC of {ht? lI`OI'1lS of lZl'liS is that lll Said the current farm crisis, many of those nc In 8 mmm Study in Wisconsin, MOC- who are surviving are the ones who did [I" ngy idgntifigd {Our ggngyal Catgggrigs Of 1'IOt follow tl'lC COI'IOI'1'llC I`3[lOl'l3.llty of ic- farmers based on their motivations and tho 1970s and Wh0 dccidfid to forgo X ifs Cmnomic Wellbeing; pansion in order to avoid debt." _ The "successful family farmer," m who owns his property, is not financial- . L rt- ` ly encumbered, and enjoys his work cts both for its own sake and for the prod- `C- , uct it yields. He is able to buy and sell l` in a competitive market, and his work is , an integral part of his culture, ____ _ { The "eeonomist`s i`armer," who _ owns the land (or rents it if it 1smore .E= f profitable to do so) and makes decisions ff ag gl , `Q . based mainly on profit maximization. t l v:/: { ' j_ w l Farming for him is less a lifestyle, more ` ` I lr abusiness. ' 1 em Saly.* ant or heavily 1n debt', with minimal skills. Farming for him 1S_]L1Si a_]ob, and ! because job opportunities are often W / ` more plentiful and lucrative elsewhere, / -*/ ,/J __,>__ \ ` ` he is likely to take part-time or full-time /,/r /_//"' // / Y // l employment offthe farm. lr, / / ~ / A l M T / / 7 *ii ` / / p UK 5