Family Farms: What Does the Size Breakdown Look Like in the U.S.? Dec 15, 2021

🕔Dec 15, 2021
Last week, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released its annual report exploring characteristics of U.S. farms: “America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2021 Edition.”  Today’s update includes highlights from the report, […]

U.S. Farming Distribution by State – 50 Years of Little Change Mar 17, 2021

🕔Mar 17, 2021
Specialization is a defining attribute of US farming over the last 50 years.  For example, share of farms that had beef cows, grew corn, grew wheat, sold hogs, and sold […]

Illinois: Number of Farms, Farmland Acreage Changes – 2012-2017 Apr 29, 2019

🕔Apr 29, 2019
The Census of Agriculture is a national account of all U.S. farms, ranches, and operators. The Census is conducted every five years and provides valuable information on land use and […]

Flint on Crops: How Large or Small Is a “Farm”? – Commentary Nov 6, 2017

🕔Nov 6, 2017
The concept of scale is something that seems to come up in almost every part of our lives, and I suppose this has always been true. However, I think we […]

National Agriculture Week Seeks to Educate Consumers Mar 20, 2017

🕔Mar 20, 2017
Ask many Americans where their food comes from, and they’ll answer the supermarket, while clothing comes from the mall. Dispelling such notions is why today kicks off National Agriculture Week. Tomorrow […]

USDA Farm and Land Survey: 8,000 Fewer Farms 2016 vs. 2015 Feb 17, 2017

🕔Feb 17, 2017
The number of farms in the United States for 2016 is estimated at 2.06 million, down 8,000 farms from 2015. Total land in farms, at 911 million acres, decreased 1 million acres […]

Mid-Size Family Farm – Is it Quietly Disappearing? – USDA Report Nov 8, 2016

🕔Nov 8, 2016
What Is the Issue? Midsize farms–defined as those with gross cash farm income (GCFI) between $350,000 and $1 million–represent an important link in the U.S. chain of family farms; many […]

Are Farms Different from Non-Farm Businesses? You Better Believe It. Oct 4, 2016

🕔Oct 4, 2016
Critics of farm programs often argue that farm operations are no different from other local businesses, the type found on the Main Street of towns across the country. These critics […]

National Farm-City Week Celebrates Farmers Nov 23, 2015

🕔Nov 23, 2015
National Farm-City Week began last Friday and ends on Thanksgiving Day, when agricultural bounty is most notable. First declared by congressional resolution in 1956, the occasion recognizes that farms are […]

Illinois: Farm Liquidity, Then and Now Jul 17, 2015

🕔Jul 17, 2015
With increased focus on financial liquidity, today’s article reviews the current ratio for a group of Illinois grain farms using an eleven-year average from 1996 to 2006 and then makes […]

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