Rate of return on equity by farm typology, 2012

Percent of farms in each group

Stacked Bar chart with 9 groups and 4 items per group.

Farm type/Rateof return on equity Less than 0% 0% up to 10% 10% up to 20% 20% or more
Retirement 64.8 33.9 0.9 0.4
Off-farm occupation 73.3 25.0 0.9 0.7
Low-sales 75.6 22.3 1.3 0.8
Moderate-sales 60.7 28.5 6.5 4.3
Midsize 48.4 27.2 11.4 13.0
Large 35.4 22.5 13.2 28.9
Very large 38.0 9.8 13.1 39.1
Nonfamily 59.5 30.8 2.6 7.1
All farms 69 26.2 2.3 2.5

Notes: Rate of return on equity = 100*(net farm income – charge for operator and unpaid labor – charge for management)/net worth. The graph excludes the 0.5 percent of farms with 0 or negative net worth. Small family farms have gross cash farm income (GCFI) < $350,000. Midsize family farms have GFCI of $350,000-$999,999. Large-scale family farms have GFCI of $1,000,000 or more. Source: USDA, Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2012 Agricultural Resource Management Survey.