It has been said that farmers can't afford to be pessimists. Even in an age of rapidly encroaching automation, it isn't, and never has been, easy being a farmer. However, one cannot become a farmer without a sense of optimism.
There are over two million individual farms in the United States. That is the equivalent of almost 900 million acres of arable land used for industry in the country. And the average size of a farm is about 444 acres.
The typical family-owned farm makes about $69,000 in profits annually.
However, due to climate change, international political tensions, tariff wars and changing consumer diets, family-run farms have struggled to profit. Over 39% of the income generated by farmers in 2021 will come from tens of billions in government subsidy payments.
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