Discriminant analysis was used to analyze factors related to students preferring a farm to a non-farm career. Majoring in a field other than agricultural economics and concentrating in farm management-finance and community development options in agricultural economics were highly related to a preference for farming. The presence of rather profitable crop and livestock enterprises on the home farm, expected income from non-farm sources and the longer the student had lived on a farm were also highly related to a preference for farming. Major factors related to a preference for a non-farm career were concentrating in the marketing and resource economics, expecting to be a vocational agricultural teacher, having rather unprofitable enterprises on the home farm as well as being married and younger.
farming as a career, farm management, non-farm careers