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The overall operating costs borne by many small farmers are

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The overall operating costs borne by many small farmers are [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2019, 11:28
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The overall operating costs borne by many small farmers are reduced when the farmers eliminate expensive commercial chemical fertilizers and pesticides in favor of crop rotation and the twice-yearly use of manure as fertilizer. Therefore, large farmers should adopt the same measures. They will then realize even greater total savings than do the small farmers.

The argument-above assumes that

(A) it is more cost-effective for small farmers to eliminate the use of commercial fertilizers and pesticides than it is for large farmers to do so
(B) a sufficient amount of manure will be available for the fields of large farmers
(C) large fanners would not realize similar cost benefits by using treated sewage sludge instead of commercial chemical fertilizers
(D) large fanners generally look to small farmers for innovative ways of increasing crop yields or reducing operating costs
(E) the smaller the farm, the more control the farmer has over operating costs
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Re: The overall operating costs borne by many small farmers are [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2019, 20:49
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(A) The argument says that large farmers will save even more. So it is more cost effective for large farmers, not small farmers.

(B) This has to be true in order for the argument to be valid. Hence, it is an assumption. If there was not enough manure, then the large farms could not reap the same benefits as the small farms.

(C) Assuming that "treated sewage sludge" is the same as manure, the argument says that large farms will realize similar cost benefits.

(D) Whether or not large farms look to small farms for advice does not affect whether or not large farms will save any money in this specific instance.

(E) Control is not relevant to this argument. We only care about how high or low the operating costs are, not who or what is responsible for them.
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