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USDA Supports Smaller Farmers
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Mon Mar 10, 2014 02:31 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- USDA is emphasizing some of its programs to help smaller and mid-sized farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the support initiative Monday after speaking to members of the National Farmers Union at the group's annual meeting being held in Santa Fe, N.M. USDA rolled out the programs without characterizing what defines a small to mid-sized farmer or rancher.

Nearly 1.5 million farmers and ranchers reported farming fewer than 180 acres, according to the 2012 Ag Census, or more than 70% of all farm operations. More than 813,000 producers reported farming fewer than 50 acres.

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