Most farmers receive off-farm income, but small-scale operators depend on it
Median total household income among all farm households ($75,994) exceeded the median for all U.S. households ($61,372) in 2017. Slightly more than half of U.S. farms are very small, with annual farm sales under $10,000; the households operating these farms typically rely on off-farm sources for the majority of their household income. Median household income and income from farming increase with farm size; the typical household operating the largest commercial farms earned $346,218 in 2017, and most of that came from farming.
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