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America's Richest Farms and Ranches

Everett G. Smith, Jr.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Vol. 70, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 528-541
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2562925
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America's Richest Farms and Ranches
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Abstract

Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. directories list the richest operators of farmland in the United States. Nearly 800 firms, organized primarily for crop and livestock production, symbolize achievement in commercial agriculture during the late 1970s. Distributions of these rich farms and ranches show areas of economic power for different agricultural types, while names like Boswell, First Colony, Garst, King, Taggares, and Tenneco West signify regional as well as national and international influences in agricultural affairs. Operating details for selected wealthy farming businesses reveal a complex geography involving control of land, access to resources, and connections to markets.

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