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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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Semi trucks are parked outside a grain elevator.
Trucks line up for inspection and unloading at a grain elevator near Charleston, SC.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. Photo by Ken Hammond.
Growth of Large Corporate Farming
Over the last 50 years, as farm production has become more efficient, the number of smaller farms has decreased while the number of large-sized farms has grown. In many cases, large corporations buy out smaller farms that cannot compete with larger farm operations. The largest number of farms is found in the south and north central regions. The largest-sized farms are found in the north central and western United States. Flat, fertile land in these areas makes large-scale mechanized farming possible. Click on MAPS below for additional information about corporate farming.
Special Terms: large corporate farming

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