Agriculture Fact Book 2001-2002 by Ann M. Veneman

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Sales between $100,000 and $249,999. *Excludes limited-resource farms whose operators report this occupation. 30 | Agriculture Fact Book | Chapter 3 (ARMS). The ARMS is an annual survey conducted by ERS and by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. farming, including 67 percent of the land owned by farmers (fig. 3-7). ■ But, large family farms, very large Share of Farms, Assets, and Production Most farms are small, but small farms account for a modest share of production. family farms, and nonfamily farms (8 percent of all farms) account for about 68 percent of production (fig.

4Includes sheep, goats, horses, mules. ponies, fur-bearing animals, bees, fish, and any other livestock. Source: 2000 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). 32 | Agriculture Fact Book | Chapter 3 ■ Many small farms specialize in a sin- gle commodity, but high-sales small farms, large family farms, and very large family farms tend to produce multiple commodities (fig. 3-9). Government Program Participation All farm typology groups participate in government farm programs to some extent, but the relative importance of the programs varies.

69 74 78 82 87 92 97 26 | Agriculture Fact Book | Chapter 3 farms, defined by the National Commission on Small Farms (1998) as farms with sales of $250,000 or more (fig. 3-3). Changes in the distribution of farms by sales class in the last four censuses can be compared across time by using the producer price index for farm products to adjust for price changes. Unfortunately, constant-dollar sales classes cannot be prepared before 1982, due to incomplete census records for individual farms prior to that year.

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