Midsize farm numbers down 5%

ERS report offers insight into midsize farming operations from 1992 to 2014.

While the structure of U.S. agriculture has changed significantly over the last several decades, midsize farms remain an important group. A new report out from the Economic Research Service (ERS) found that the number of midsize farms declined by about 5% between 1992 and 2012.

The continued survival and growth of midsize farms remains of interest to policy-makers because many represent small commercial farms that grew in size. Additionally, if past patterns hold, a significant sha

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