William J. Spillman and the birth of agricultural economics

Carlson, Laurie M., 1952-

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  • Creator Laurie Winn Carlson
  • Format Books
  • Publication Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2005] ©2005
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  • Physical Details
    • 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780826215819, 0826215815
  • OCLC ocm57405478


  • "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.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 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 -- Conclusion : farm evangelism and dollar efficiency
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