Midsized Farms Getting Squeezed Out in Northeast Indiana
May 27, 2014
Indiana - It's an industry with shrinking participation but growing revenue of more than a half-billion dollars in northeast Indiana.
Welcome to the big business of farming. And going big may be the best bet of surviving — unless you can find a niche.
It's an industry with a shifting size range, according to the latest farm census data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The number of midsized farms, those that range from 180 to 499 acres, has shrunk dramatically over the last 25 years. In 1987, farm census data reported a combined 680 such farms in DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben counties. In 2012, that number had shrunk to 318, a decrease of 53.2 percent.
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