This web site contains material prepared for the The National Organization of Professional Hispanic Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees (NOPHNRCSE) Conference in in Fort Worth, TX, June 25-27, 2002. It started with a presentation at the prior NOPHNRCSE meeting Washington, D.C., June 26-30, 2000 by Dr. Fen Hunt and David Buland, (NRCS) Economists. Later analysis updated this data with the 2002, 2007, and 2012 Ag. Census data and updated NRCS customer data. The trend of increasing Hispanic Farms in the US continues, with the number of US counties with Hispanic Farmers increasing from 589 counties in 1982 to 2,407 counties in 2012.
NRCS Hispanic Data - Paper / Presentation / Posters in various formats
Beginning, limited-resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers make up as much as 40 percent of all U.S. farms. This report compares the natural resource characteristics, resource issues, and conservation treatment costs on farms operated by targeted farmers with those of other participants in the largest U.S. working-lands and land retirement conservation programs.
Ninety-one percent of U.S. farms are classified as small gross cash farm income (GCFI) of less than $250,000. About 60 percent of these small farms are very small, generating GCFI of less than $10,000. These very small noncommercial farms, in some respects, exist independently of the farm economy because their operators rely heavily on off-farm income. The remaining small farms small commercial farms account for most small-farm production. Overall farm production, however, continues to shift to larger operations, while the number of small commercial farms and their share of sales maintain a long-term decline. The shift to larger farms will continue to be gradual, because some small commercial farms are profitable and others are willing to accept losses.
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