Farm Stats

marc at aculink.net marc at aculink.net
Fri Aug 18 19:05:45 EDT 2000


> Colorado Farm Bureau Newsline for Aug. 18, 2000
> Colorado Farm Bureau Center, 9177 E. Mineral Cir., Englewood, CO 80112
> Web site: www.colofb.com
> American Farm Bureau's site can be accessed at www.fb.org

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> Individuals and families own 86 percent of the farms in the U.S.
> Colorado Farm Bureau wants you the consumer to know that American
> agriculture represents family values. Individuals or families own 86 percent
> of the nation's farms. Individuals, family partnership or family
> corporations combine to own a total of 99 percent with fewer than 10
> stockholders. Non-family corporations own only 1 percent of America's farms
> and ranches.
> 
> The number of farms in the U.S. reached 2.19 million, up for the third year
> in a row in 1999. The increase is attributed to the growing number of
> small-scale operations. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
> annual report, the number of medium and large-scale farms dropped to
> 997,430, down 12,980 in 1999. There were 15,690 more small farms, which are
> those with less than $10,000 in sales a year.
> The average size of U.S. farms in 1999 was 432 acres, compared to 491 in
> 1992 and 451 in 1987. There are also 145,156 farms operated by women in the
> United States. In 1996, nearly 30 percent of America's farmers were
> 65-years-old or older. In 1978, just over 15 percent of the nation's farmers
> were above retirement age. The number reached 20 percent in 1987.

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> http://www.colofb.com/archive/ Newsline.



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