Defining a Critical Mass Threshold for Agricultural Support Services

Aaron J. Nousaine, G. Jason Jolley


Utilizing four counties in western North Carolina as a study area, this paper examines the existence of a critical mass threshold in agricultural production below which crucial support services could be expected to close down or relocate outside the region. Twenty-two key stakeholder interviews suggest that for most support service businesses, no such critical mass threshold exists at the regional level. For those support service types most at-risk, an IMPLAN model was utilized to determine the economic impact to the region.

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Journal of Agricultural Studies   ISSN 2166-0379

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