Agricultural Economics Seminar Minutes, 1922-1942
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Agricultural Economics and Farm Organization and Management (1927-32)

Departmental Seminar Minutes showing the date, time and place of meetings; the total number and names of graduate students, faculty and visitors in attendance; brief outlines or descriptions of the papers, book reviews, research progress reports or talks presented and discussed; the names and backgrounds of participants, and the name of the acting secretary taking the minutes. Major topics discussed include the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1929, Agricultural Adjustment Acts, federal farm adjustment and price policies and national economy recovery programs, banking, mortgages and farm foreclosures, cooperative marketing, crop insurance, farm management and cost accounting practices, farm organizations, freight rates and distribution costs, Illinois agriculture and horticulture, land use adjustments, land tenure and farm tenancy, marketing grain, livestock and fluid milk, rural sociology research trends, tariffs and their effect on farm prices and production, taxation, title and property law, types of farming and variations in crop yields, USDA bureaus, programs and research and the scope of agricultural economics as a research field.  Ivan Wright (1922-24), Charles L. Stewart (1924-27, 1928-42) and Harold M. Case (1927-42) served as seminar chairmen.  Prominent participants or visitors include James B. Andrews, Oliver E. Baker, Howard D. Doane, Harold W. Hannah, Paul E. Johnston, Gustav W. Kuhlman, David E. Lindstrom, Herbert W. Mumford, Martin L. Mosher, Lawrence W. Norton, Charles B. Shuman, Henry C. Taylor and Elmer J. Working.

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Record Series Number: 8/4/3
Created by: University of Illinois at U-C. Department of Consumer Sciences and Agricultural Economics
Volume: 0.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 3/29/73
Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at U-C. Department of Consumer Sciences and Agricultural Economics :

The Department of Farm Organization and Management was created June 9, 1914, on the recommendation of Dean Eugene Davenport,1 and its first advisory committee was authorized on September 18, 1929.2 The Trustees created the Department of Agricultural Economics on October 30, 1931 by combining the Department of Farm Organization and Management with relevant work in the Department of Economics and Business Organization and Operation.3 By May 22, 1934, the department was operational with twelve faculty members, including H.C.M. Case, its first Department Head.4

On May 11, 1995, the Board of Trustees approved the renaming and reorganization of the College. It was renamed the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and several changes were made in the organization of departments and divisions.5 The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics was created by combining the Department of Agricultural Economics (except for the faculty in Rural Sociology studies) with the Division of Consumer Science, which was previously part of the School of Human Resources and Family Studies, which was dissolved in the reorganization.6

The stated mission of the department "is to improve the economic and environmental well-being of producers, consumers, and families."7 The department offers graduate work leading to Master of Science degrees in Agricultural and Consumer Economics or Consumer and Textile Marketing and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with specialization in the following areas: agricultural finance; consumer and textile marketing; family and consumer economics; price analysis and agricultural marketing; farm and agribusiness management; international and policy economics; and natural resource, production, and environmental economics.8

1. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 27th Report, June 9, 1914, p. 766.

2. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 35th Report, September 18, 1929, p. 356.

3. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 36th Report, October 30, 1931, p. 461.

4. Transactions of the Board of Trustees, 37th Report, May 22, 1934, p. 526.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 68th Report, May 11, 1995, p. 277-8.

6. Board of Trustees Transactions, 68th Report, May 11, 1995, p. 277-8.; University of Illinois, Faculty and Student Senate, Urbana-Champaign Senate, meeting minutes, March 27, 1995, EP 94.33, p. 35; SEE Human and Community Development Department, University of Illinois Archives RG 8/11.

7. Programs of Study 2001-2003, p. 204.

8. Ibid., p. 204.

Subject Index
Agricultural Adjustment
Agricultural Marketing
Agriculture, United States Department of
Farm Management
Farm Tenancy
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Languages of Materials
English [eng]