Family Farming as Opposed to the Industrial Side of Agriculture

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The federal government should support the family farms of today rather than the industrial side of agriculture.
In 1930 there was around seven million farms in the United States, now there is about two million. Advocates for farming and agriculture are worried about losing farms and farmland (source E). The total number of farms has fallen dramatically since the 1930s, but the number of larger farms has grown. Today small farms make up 92 percent of all U.S. farms and the other eight percent are large and very large family farms and nonfamily farms (source L). Even with the loss of many farms and farmers, the number of acres of farmland remains constant. The size of farms has increased, but not all farms are the same size (source E). The technology of today has made it possible to farm more land with fewer producers (source A). There is 915 million acres in farmland in the United States and the average farm size is 434 acres. In Kansas there are around 65,500 farms with 707 acres in average. Eighty-eight percent of the Kansas is under agricultural production (source L). The official definition of a farm according to the United States Department of Agriculture is “any place from which $1000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold or normally would have been sold during the census year (source L).” Gross cash income, according to the USDA, is one of the best ways to determine farm size; farms that have grown quickly and have sales of $250,000 or more are

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