The benefits of farm size
Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture conducts an in-depth census of farmers, and the results identify differences among the many types and sizes of farms and ranches that grow our food. Ginger Harris, a USDA statistician, warns against reading too much into such large categories. “The differences may reflect differences in types of farming, rather than sizes of farms,” she says. Nevertheless, the data do show that large farms incorporate some practices to a greater degree than small farms do.