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In The Long Run

Farm population as a share of total U.S. population

Farm population has fallen steadily as a share of total U.S. population for more than a century. Less than half the U.S. population has lived on farms since these data were first collected in 1880.

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The 20th Century Transformation of U.S. Agriculture and Farm Policy , by Carolyn Dimitri, Anne Effland, and Neilson Conklin, USDA, Economic Research Service, June 2005

Farm & Commodity Policy, by Joseph Cooper, Anne Effland, and Erik O'Donoghue, USDA, Economic Research Service, March 2014

Farm Household Well-being, by Daniel Prager, USDA, Economic Research Service, November 2014

Rural Economy & Population, USDA, Economic Research Service, May 2012

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