97.6 percent of all U.S. farms are family farms and are responsible for 85 percent of U.S. farm production.
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Factory farm. Corporate giant. Industrialized agriculture. Too big to care. That’s how a chorus of anti-modern agricultural detractors typically describes farming and ranching in the United States today. And while it’s true, agricultural operations have grown in recent decades and many farms and ranches rely on at least some hired or contract labor to get the job done, the fact remains that most are family businesses, according to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.