According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 99% of all American farms are still considered “family farms,” which means they are owned by families and not corporations. However, according to New Food Economy magazine, only half are family farmed.
The article that appeared recently in the magazine said 355 million acres across the United States, or almost 40% of the country’s farmland, is rented out to other farm operators. In the Midwest this is especially true. In Iowa, for example, that number is much higher, where more than half of the farmland there is farmed by renters. This is all interesting information for this agricultural photographer for obvious reasons.