The structure and management of family farms can be as complicated as major corporations, involving multiple generations and branches of the family tree. Or a family farm could involve parents and their children, structured as a partnership. A family farm could be siblings who have taken over most management functions, but their elderly parent is still considered the head of the operation. We know there are countless ways family farms are configured and managed, but the diversity easily observable on farms around the country is often missing from the data collected through the Census of Agriculture. Some exciting changes in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will attempt to capture more nuances in demographics.
USDA Supports Specialty Crop Industry with Multi-State Initiatives WASHINGTON, April 30, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the funding of $7 million to support 11 projects