Agricultural Economics

Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Agricultural Economics


in the USSR, socialist agricultural economics, or the science of agriculture as an integrated branch of the economy producing agricultural products. Agricultural economics dates back to the socialist transformation of small peasant farms into the socialist type of large-scale collective production in accordance with V. I. Lenin’s cooperative plan.

Agricultural economics is the study of the particular features that distinguish agricultural production, reproduction, and accumulation, the intensification of agriculture, and the socialist agricultural system as a whole. The subject matter of agricultural economics is the land—the principal means of production in agriculture—and its rational utilization, including (1) the land resources of the USSR and their classification and composition, (2) the material and technological basis and technological advances of agriculture, agricultural fixed capital stock, and agricultural working capital, (3) labor and labor productivity in agriculture, (4) the location and specialization of production in agriculture, and (5) prime costs, prices, and pricing in agriculture, sales of agricultural output, the role of commodity-money relations, and profit-and-loss accounting.

Crop production and animal husbandry, including fodder production, are separate branches of agricultural economics. The industrialization of agriculture is a specialized field. The organization of agricultural enterprises (such as kolkhozes and sovkhozes, interkolkhoz production enterprises, and agroindustrial complexes) is a subdivision of agricultural economics.

The science of agricultural economics is closely related to agronomy—that is, to cropping methods, soil science, land reclamation and chemicalization, agrobiology, genetics, and zootechny. Studies in agricultural economics deal with questions of land appraisal, differential pricing of agricultural products, and equalization of the operating conditions of agricultural enterprises located in different economic and natural zones.

The basic provisions of agricultural economics are worked out in the zonal agricultural economics research institutes and in the departments of agricultural economics that are part of all the agricultural higher education institutes and academies. The All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Agricultural Economics was established in 1955 as part of the V. I. Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences, with affiliates in the RSFSR (North Caucasus, Volga Region, and Central Chernozem Zone); institutes have also been set up under the ministries of agriculture of all the Union republics. In addition, research work in this field is carried out in the agronomy divisions and sectors of the institutes of economics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and of the Union republics. Publications on agricultural economics include the newspaper Sel’skaia zhizn’ and the journal Ekonomika sel’skogo khoziaistva, both published in Moscow.


Venzher, V. G. Kolkhoznyi stroi na sovremennom etape. Moscow, 1966.
Ekonomika sotsialisticheskogo sel’skogo khoziaistva. Moscow, 1970.
Leninskoe uchenie o nepe i ego mezhdunarodnoe znachenie. Moscow, 1973. Section 5.


References in periodicals archive ?
6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Farm Journal Foundation supports the important effort of the University of Arkansas Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in gathering key speakers to discuss global food security issues and agriculture policies during the "Preparing for 21[sup.
The Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) is a professional organisation of Agricultural Economists in South Africa.
He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University in 1957, a master's degree in economics from the University of California and PhD degree in Agricultural Economics at the same university.
He was currently a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at UT.
In academics, a lot of citation analysis had been recorded in engineering, library and information science, health, chemistry and other discipline while few exist in agricultural economics and extension.
We are to introduce the agricultural producers to the new techniques for distribution of the agricultural products and export in the region- the European Union," said professor Mile Pesevski from the Institute for Agricultural Economics.
Institutions like State Bank of Pakistan and the Education Ministry will be requested to consider the graduates of Agricultural Economics at par with that of Economics for recruitment.
Perloff of the University of California, Berkeley, organized a meeting on Agricultural Economics and Biofuels, which took place in Cambridge on March 4 and 5, 2010.
Kimhi and Finkelshtain teach in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Management at Hebrew University.
USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) is on a mission to promote careers in agricultural economics for minority college students.
Ahluwalia inaugurated the three-day 69th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE) being organised by Punjab School of Economics of the Guru Nanak Dev University here.

Full browser ?