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USDA: SMALL FARMS REPRESENTED 1/4 OF TOTAL PRODUCTION IN 2017; SHARE VARIED BY COMMODITY
Source: USDA news release



The distribution of U.S. farm production varies by commodity and farm size. In 2017, small family farms葉hose with annual gross cash farm income (GCFI) under $350,000用roduced most of the hay (76 percent) and poultry (60 percent).

As a group, small family farms accounted for about 89 percent of all U.S. farms and 26 percent of U.S. agricultural production.

By comparison, large-scale family farms葉hose with GCFI of at least $1 million用roduced most of the dairy (68 percent), high-value crops like fruits and vegetables (56 percent), and cotton (55 percent).

Large-scale family farms accounted for about 3 percent of all farms and 39 percent of total production.

Midsize family farms葉hose with GCFI between $350,000 and $1 million幼ontributed large shares of cash grains and soybeans (36 percent), cotton (30 percent), and poultry (29 percent).

These midsize farms together accounted for about 6 percent of all farms and 23 percent of total production.

Nonfamily farms account for the remaining farms and production.

This chart appears in the ERS topic page for Farm Structure and Organization, updated December 2018.


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