Kilofarms in The Agricultural Heartland

John Fraser Hart, Mark B. Lindberg

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Abstract

Kilofarms are farms of 1,000 acres or more. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture has few tabulations of data by farm size, but geographical analysis suggests some of the characteristics of kilofarms. Their operators are part-owner farmers. Their land and buildings are worth several millions of dollars, and their gross annual income is well over the $250,000 necessary to provide an acceptable level of living for a contemporary farm family. Kilofarmers concentrate on growing crops of corn and soybeans for cash sale, and they rely on computers and Internet access to help them make marketing decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalGeographical Review
Volume104
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • "millionaire" farms
  • Cash-grain farmers
  • Computers
  • Corn Belt
  • Farm size
  • Internet
  • Kilofarms
  • Part-owner farmers

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