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Table 15. Potential CAFOs According to Farm Type, Derived From the 1997

Potential CAFOs According to Farm Type, Derived From the 1997 Census of Agriculture *

 
  1,000 EPA animal units 750 EPA animal units 500 EPA animal units 300 EPA animal units
Number of farms Percent of farms Number of farms Percent of farms Number of farms Percent of farms Number of farms Percent of farms
Commercial farms 11,322 99.3% 16,765 99.2% 26,607 98.5% 41,879 94.4%
Total agricultural sales above $500,000 11,156 97.9% 16,205 95.9% 23,998 88.8% 29,909 67.4%
Total agricultural sales of $250,000 to $500,000 151 1.3% 536 3.2% 2,558 9.5% 11,754 26.5%
Total agricultural sales below $250,000 15 0.1% 24 0.1% 51 0.2% 216 0.5%
 
Intermediate farms 50 0.4% 89 0.5% 298 1.1% 1,955 4.4%
Total agricultural sales of $100,000 to $250,000 32 0.3% 62 0.4% 240 0.9% 1,813 4.1%
Total agricultural sales below $100,000 18 0.2% 27 0.2% 58 0.2% 142 0.3%
 
Rural-residence farms 26 0.2% 43 0.3% 107 0.4% 532 1.2%
Total agricultural sales of $100,000 to $250,000 16 0.1% 30 0.2% 80 0.3% 460 1.0%
Total agricultural sales below $100,000 10 0.1% 13 0.1% 27 0.1% 72 0.2%
 
All potential CAFOs 11,398 100.0% 16,897 100.0% 27,012 100.0% 44,366 100.0%
Percent of farms with confined livestock types 4.8%   7.1%   11.4%   18.7%  
* Information in the Census of Agriculture is not adequate to precisely identify a farm as a CAFO. Potential CAFOs were estimated based on the livestock type and the estimated number of animals on the farm.

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