Small Farms In The United States : Persistence Under Pressure

Author: Robert A. Hoppe
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: persistence, pressure, states, united, farms, small
Number of Pages: 39
Published: 2010-08
ISBN-10: 1437929737
ISBN-13: 9781437929737

Book Description:

Ninety-one percent of U.S. farms are classified as small ¿ gross cash farm income (GCFI) of less than $250,000. About 60% of these small farms are very small, generating GCFI of less than $10,000. These very small noncommercial farms 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 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. Illus.

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