Document Type

Other

Publication Date

7-1-2009

Keywords

farm definition, government definition

Extension Number

ExEx 9004

Department

Sociology and Rural Studies

Description

The 2007 Census of Agriculture showed that the number of farms in the United States has grown since 2002. Conversely, the Census showed that, as they have since 1935, South Dakota’s farm numbers continued to decline (though between 2002 and 2007 the rate of decline slowed signifi-cantly). These opposing facts (i.e., national growth vs. South Dakota decline) have motivated calls to South Dakota State University’s Rural Life and Census Data Center. The calls ask basically the same question: “Just what is a farm?” It’s a relevant question.

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