Today, 99 percent of all U.S. farms are family farms, accounting for 89 percent of U.S. food production, according to the Agriculture Department. These are impressive statistics for farms categorized as being operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations. The numbers speak to the character and motivation of America’s farmers and ranchers and the high-quality food, fiber and renewable fuels they provide. It is becoming more and more difficult, however, for family farms to remain in business.


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