Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-189) 61 pp

March 2018

Three Decades of Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture

Crop production has seen a widespread and persistent shift of acreage and sales to larger farming operations over the last three decades. Some livestock sectors have seen dramatic structural change, but consolidation has been modest or nonexistent in pasture/grazing land and in the associated cow-calf sector. Consolidation has been facilitated by increased farm-level commodity specialization.

See related Amber Waves article: Examining Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture.

Webinar: Three Decades of Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture, Tuesday, March 27, 1 p.m. EDT

Keywords: Farm consolidation, large farms, family farms, industrial agriculture, agribusiness, concentration in agriculture, Agricultural Resources Management Survey, ARMS, Census of Agriculture

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Last updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

For more information contact: James M. MacDonald, Robert Hoppe, and Doris Newton