Off Farm Employment in Agro-Manitoba
Although many view off-farm employment as a symbol of failing agricultural economies, this is not necessarily the reason why people seek employment elsewhere. Some consider off-farm work as a form of diversification of farm activities. Others see employment as wise use of spare time seasonally. Some need the money simply to preserve, or to expand present operations. Many female farm spouses see off-farm work as a means to pursue a career, or to augment family income and enhance their lifestyles. Accordingly, monies derived may be either essential or discretionary within family budgets.