Ninety-six percent of US farms and ranches are family owned. That’s one of the many takeaways from the USDA’s most recent Census of Agriculture based on data collected by the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers and ranchers. Compared to the previous census in 2012, there are fewer mid-size farms. Operators are getting bigger — or smaller. Women have taken a bigger role in American agricultural: 36 percent of all farm operators are female. There are just over 2 million farms and ranches in the US. The average size is 441 acres. The typical farm earned $43,053 in 2017. And overall, our nation’s farmers are becoming more connected — farms with Internet access rose to 75.4 percent.
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