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agricultural economics, productions, and characteristics


This study presents key components of the structure of agriculture in South Dakota. As a major industry in South Dakota, agriculture plays a pivotal role in the overall vitality of the economy. Agriculture in South Dakota spans many industries, including the production of agricultural commodities, food and feed processing, agricultural input manufacturing, agri-business, and other agricultural-based industries. This report is based on data from the Census of Agriculture. The report presents long-term trends for farm numbers, the number of operators, land use, and other important characteristics of agriculture. The study emphasizes family farms, because they will continue to dominate the farm operations in the state. Overall, as the agricultural sector continues to evolve, it will remain a key component of the economic base in the state.


Economics Research Report No. 15-1