Family farm a dying breed?
Number of family farms in U.S. steadily declining
The family farm is an American institution in danger, according to statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The total number of farms has been in decline since peaking at 6.8 million in 1935; there are currently about 2.2 million farms in the country. The average age of the principal operator of farms has increased from 54 in 1997 to 57 in 2007, while the percentage of principal operators 65 years or older has increased almost 10 percent since 1969. Large family farms with sales between $250,000 and $500,000 make up only 4 percent of American farms.