ERIC Number: ED326334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
America's Agriculture: A Portrait of the Past and Present [and] Part-Time Farmers.
Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
These two booklets are useful as student materials in vocational agriculture classes. "A Portrait of the Past and Present" reports information on how U.S. crops have changed to conform to changing food preferences. The report also compares farm statistics from 1880 to 1982, noting a steady decrease in the percentage of U.S. population living on farms. The report offers information about minorities and women who operate farms in America, showing a general decrease in the number of farms operated by minorities from 1978 to 1982. The number of farms operated by women, however, showed a 7% increase. Eighty-nine percent of U.S. farms are family held. Small and large farms increased from 1978 to 1982 while the number of medium-sized farms (of 50 to 1,999 acres) decreased. "Part-Time Farmers" offers statistics about part-time farming in the United States. The report provides a statistical view of U.S. part-time farmers, the size of their acreage and product sales. There are numbers showing livestock inventories and the kinds of crops harvested by part-time farmers. The booklet also compares full- and part-time farms according to acreage, value of agricultural sales, value of equipment, and value of land and buildings. There is also a breakdown of the amounts of part-time acreage and sales according to U.S. region. Each booklet is brief and contains large print, pictures, graphs, and graphics. (TES)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.