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  1. Farm efficiency in the United States
  2. Who Farms in the United States?
  3. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  4. Minorities as Farm Operators
  5. Agricultural Subsidies
  6. Food for Peace Program
  7. Major Crops in the United States
  8. Major U.S. Crops: Corn
  9. Major U.S. Crops: Soybeans
  10. Major U.S. Crops: Wheat
  11. Major U.S. Crops: Cotton
  12. Planting and Harvesting Cotton
  13. Major U.S. Crops: Rice
  14. How Rice Is Grown in the United States
  15. Dairy Farming in the United States
  16. Cheese Production in the United States
  17. Poultry and Meat Production in the United States
  18. Raising Cattle for Beef
  19. Factory Farming
  20. Farm Mechanization in the United States
  21. Biotechnology and Farming in the United States
  22. Organic Farming in the United States
  23. Farm Aid
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A man stands next to a wood post inside his barn.
Family run farms remain central to American farming.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. Photo by Ken Hammond.
Who Farms in the United States?
Because of increased mechanization fewer farm workers are needed. The number of family members who work their own farms dropped from just under 8 million in 1950 to around 2 million in 2000. Most farms in the United States are family-owned. In 1997, individuals or families owned 86% of all farms. These farms were responsible for 52% of farm product sales. As throughout the world, the average age of farm operators has risen steadily over the years. Click on CHARTS and MAPS below for additional information about farming.
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