ERS Provides Overview of Beginning Farms and Farmers
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USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released An Overview of Beginning Farms and Farmers. This 23-page Economic Brief reveals that beginning farms (those on which all operators have no more than 10 years of farming experience) operate at a smaller scale, earn less farm income, and have more debt relative to their assets than more established farms. Additionally, beginning farm households work more off-farm and have less wealth than established farm households.