Agricultural Information Bulletin No. (AIB-769) 8 pp

May 2001

America's Diverse Family Farms: Assorted Sizes, Types, and Situations

This report describes a farm typology developed by the Economic Research Service (ERS), which categorizes farms into more homogeneous groups than classifications based on sales volume alone, producing a more effective policy development tool. The typology is used to describe U.S. farm structure.

Keywords: Family farms, farm businesses, farm financial situation, farm operator household income, farm structure, farm typology, government payments, small family farms

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Last updated: Friday, May 25, 2001

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