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The objective of this research is an analysis of the firm-level factors that led to relatively longer survival for individual firms in the township mutual industry in Minnesota. Next, the trends in the data provide support for the claim that the shrinking number of farms in their market areas negatively impacts long-term survival. This consideration is even more significant to organizations that, as a result of their legal and historical legacies, have remained smaller than their commercial competitors. Moreover, the variable that was most significant in these analyses was surplus, or profitability. While it is helpful to know that profitability is heavily correlated with long-term survival, this finding does not provide a basis on which a practitioner can realize this result.

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