Growing Farm Size and the Distribution of Farm Payments

Crop production is shifting to much larger farms. Since government commodity payments reflect production volumes for program commodities, payments are also shifting to larger farms. In turn, the operators of very large farms have substantially higher household incomes than other farm households, and as a result government commodity payments are also shifting to much higher-income households. Since the changes in farm structure appear to be ongoing, commodity payments will likely, under current policies, continue to shift to higher income households. This brief uses 2003 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) data to detail the shifts.


Issue Date:
2006
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/34089
Total Pages:
6
Series Statement:
Economic Brief Number 6




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