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WHAT IS A FAMILY FARM?

USDA reports 97% of the 2.1 million farms in the United States are family-owned operations; 88% of all U.S. farms are small family farms. Small family farms have gross farm sales of less than $350,000; midsize family farms have sales from $350,000 to $999,999; and large family farms have sales of $1 million or more,  according… read more

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MEDIAN FARM SIZE

The average (mean) number of acres on crop farms has changed little over 3 decades, with a slight increase from 241 acres in 2007 to 251 in 2012. However, USDA’s Economic Research Service finds the midpoint acreage of total and harvested cropland has increased over the last three decades, from roughly 500-600 acres in 1982… read more

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AG CENSUS

USDA released profiles of the ag sector in each congressional district on Monday. The top two corn/soybean producing districts in Illinois are the 15th and 18th, which take in most of central and southeastern Illinois.

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BIG VS. SMALL

NPR’s Dan Charles did a story Monday on farming trends gleaned from the recent 2012 Ag Census.  He profiled two commercial farmers in Kansas, but you could have done the story in Illinois.  Check it out: http://n.pr/1kKhBTD.

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AG CENSUS

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report at 11 a.m. CDT on May 2

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