January 24, 2020

Census-Farm Payment Issues; the Stimulus Bill; Food Safety; and Global Ag Issues

Census-Farm Payment Issues

Andrew Martin reported in yesterday’s New York Times that, “Ever thought of chucking it all and moving to the country? According to the Agriculture Department, an increasing number of Americans are doing just that, by embracing a ‘Green Acres’ lifestyle. But few of them are making a living at it: more often than not, their work in the fields is subsidized by an off-the-farm job.” (See this related graph for all farms, and this related graph by farm typology).

“The Agriculture Department came out with its Census of Agriculture last week, and the headline was that the number of farms increased by 4 percent from 2002 to 2007, with most of the new farms being small, part-time operations.”