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Previously unreported data obtained from special tabulations of the 1982 Census of Agriculture show that more than 30 percent of irrigated farms were livestock operations in 1982. Individual or family operations represented the vast majority of irrigated farms. Thirty-six percent of irrigated farms had fewer than 50 acres, while 34 percent generated less than $10,000 per farm in sales of agricultural products. Corporate and larger farms accounted for disproportionately large shares of the irrigated acreage and sales of agricultural products, compared with their share of farms. Although there were regional differences in farm operations, farm operator characteristics were similar among regions.

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