Document Type



Agribusiness | Business | Growth and Development | International Business | Rural Sociology | Slavic Languages and Societies | Work, Economy and Organizations


Presented at the Education and Business: World Integration Process Conference in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. 2013.


Russia’s population total has been in decline since 1992 and this is most evident in the villages of Russia. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the large farm collectives, many villages’ raison d'être ceased to exist. Today people continue to leave the villages for what they consider to be the better economic promise of the larger cities. There are serious societal and infrastructure issues related to the village exodus to the larger municipalities. In this paper, a vertically integrated agriculture model is examined as one step towards a more vibrant village economy. A vertically integrated model based upon potatoes is proffered, but this same model could work in many areas of agricultural production.