Small Farms in the United States: Persistence Under Pressure

Ninety-one percent of U.S. farms are classified as small—gross cash farm income (GCFI) of less than $250,000. About 60 percent of these small farms are very small, generating GCFI of less than $10,000. These very small noncommercial farms, in some respects, exist independently of the farm economy because their operators rely heavily on off-farm income. The remaining small farms—small commercial farms—account for most small-farm production. Overall farm production, however, continues to shift to larger operations, while the number of small commercial farms and their share of sales maintain a long-term decline. The shift to larger farms will continue to be gradual, because some small commercial farms are profitable and others are willing to accept losses.


Issue Date:
2010-02
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/58300
Total Pages:
32
Series Statement:
Economic Information Bulletin
Number 63




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