A USDA Economic Research Service report looks at
The study considers the pros and cons of this transformation, noting, for example, that industrialization of
The study outlines, the production lotus (the farm size, in annual sales, at which one half of national production comes from large farms and half from small farms) from 1987 to 2002 rose by 60 percent in the broiler sector, 100 percent for fed-cattle, 240 percent in dairy and 2,000 percent in pork production. The trend has continued since 2002.
The emergence of business structures such as vertically integrated operations have more closely linked family owned farms to input providers and processors, which minimizes financial risks but accelerates "the diffusion of innovations," the ERS report notes.
The report is based on ERS research, which relies on farm-level data cultivated from the Agriculture Census, the Agricultural Resource Management Survey and other livestock surveys.
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