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William J. Spillman and the birth of agricultural economics / Laurie Winn Carlson.

By: Carlson, Laurie M, 1952-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Missouri biography series: Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2005Description: 210 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0826215815 (alk. paper); 9780826215819 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Spillman, W. J. (William Jasper) | United States. Dept. of Agriculture -- History | Agricultural economists -- Biography | Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History | Agricultural education -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: William J. Spillman and the birth of agricultural economics.DDC classification: 338.1/092 | B LOC classification: HD1771.5.S65 | C37 2005
Contents:
Scientific breeding -- Taking scientific agriculture to the public -- Science, politics, and the USDA -- The law of diminishing returns -- Balancing the farm output -- Farm evangelism and dollar efficiency.
Scientific breeding -- Taking scientific agriculture to the public -- Science, politics, and the USDA -- The law of diminishing returns -- Balancing the farm output -- Conclusion : farm evangelism and dollar efficiency.
Summary: "Biography of William J. Spillman, scientist and educator for the United States Department of Agriculture. Explores Spillman's role in the development of the agricultural economics, the agricultural New Deal, genetics research, agricultural education and the Cooperative Extension Service, the post-World War I overproduction crisis, and the Law of Diminishing Returns"--Provided by publisher.
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"Publications by William J. Spillman": p. 161-182.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-205) and index.

Scientific breeding -- Taking scientific agriculture to the public -- Science, politics, and the USDA -- The law of diminishing returns -- Balancing the farm output -- Farm evangelism and dollar efficiency.

"Biography of William J. Spillman, scientist and educator for the United States Department of Agriculture. Explores Spillman's role in the development of the agricultural economics, the agricultural New Deal, genetics research, agricultural education and the Cooperative Extension Service, the post-World War I overproduction crisis, and the Law of Diminishing Returns"--Provided by publisher.

Scientific breeding -- Taking scientific agriculture to the public -- Science, politics, and the USDA -- The law of diminishing returns -- Balancing the farm output -- Conclusion : farm evangelism and dollar efficiency.

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CHOICE Review

This biography of William Spillman--scientist, educator, writer, editor, and activist in promoting scientific farming--is lucid and well organized. Whether teaching in college or speaking to groups of farmers and town hall participants, Spillman showed great enthusiasm for improving agriculture. At times he concentrated on experimentation and breed improvement, while at others he encouraged adopting known farming techniques and rational management. He favored balancing demand and supply of farm products through government price subsidy but opposed industrial influence on agriculture through grants to agriculture or through industrial/government agreements. Carlson traces Spillman's distinguished career with the US Department of Agriculture and also his ideological conflicts over government policies promoting the industrialization of farming. Although Spillman left a legacy as one of the founders and promoters of agricultural extension services in the US, one may hesitate to attribute to him the "Birth of Agricultural Economics" as the book's title suggests. Agricultural economics existed long before his time, but Spillman deserves credit for promoting, educating, and helping to institutionalize it, in both the academy and the field. A fine contribution to the history of US agriculture as well as to the legacy of William Spillman. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through research collections. E. H. Tuma emeritus, University of California, Davis

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<p>Laurie Winn Carlson is the author of numerous books, including Seduced by the West: Jefferson's America and the Lure of the Land beyond the Mississippi and Cattle: An Informal Social History. Carlson lives in Cheney, Washington.</p> <p>The Missouri Biography Series , edited by William E. Foley</p>

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