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Most farmers receive off-farm income, but small-scale operators depend on it

Median total household income among all farm households ($57,050) exceeded the median for all U.S. households ($50,054) in 2011. More than half of U.S. farms are very small, with annual sales under $10,000; the households operating these farms typically draw all of their income from off-farm sources. Median household income and income from farming increase with farm size; the typical household operating the largest commercial farms earned about $380,000 in 2011, and most of that came from farming.

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Last updated: Monday, September 16, 2013

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