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Prairie PatrimonyFamily, Farming, and Community in the Midwest$
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Sonya Salamon

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780807845530

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469611181_Salamon

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Father, Son, and Farm Succession

Father, Son, and Farm Succession

(p.138) Six Father, Son, and Farm Succession
Prairie Patrimony

Sonya Salamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents agricultural folklore that says that for a man to enter farming he must either inherit land or marry it. The grass roots wisdom about farming entry acknowledges that a family farm is produced by multiple generations and that succession of a father by a son forms a single link in a chain of intergenerational transfers. Without substantial family support that provides access to land, use of equipment, and time to apprentice, a farmer is disadvantaged. Clearly, folk wisdom assumes a model of succession by males with farm backgrounds. Where grain farming is dominant, as in the Midwest, farmers indeed are almost all male, and succession goes from father to son. Whichever dyad dominates the nuclear family affects the succession process.

Keywords:   agricultural folklore, farming, nuclear family, family farm, intergenerational transfers

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