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Small Family Farms Hanging On Despite Decline

(Nationwide) - According to numbers from a Census report, the American small farm is alive and well.  


This week, the U. S. Department of Agriculture released data on American farms based on size. Small family farms that generate less than $350,000 per year make up 88% of all U. S. farms, but only 46% of the total farmed land.  Large scale family farms making $1,000,000 or more annually account for less than 3 percent of all farms, but generate 43 percent of all agricultural value. 


The data also show that the number of small family farms has decreased by only 3% since 2012, which is the smallest decrease of all farm sizes.  Large farms have decreased by 13%.

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