Business / Agriculture / Small Farm: Although there is no official, widely accepted definition of a small farm, the Small Farms Commission described it, for purposes of its 1997 study, as one with less than $250,000 in gross receipts annually on which day-to-day labor and management are provided by the farmer and/or the farm family that owns the production, or owns or leases the productive assets. In 1995, such farms accounted for 93% of the more than 2 million U.S. farms, but only 40% of U.S. farm production. The long-term decline in the number of small farms, and the subsequent concentration of production on fewer and larger operations, is a longstanding concern among some segments of the agricultural community, while others view these changes as inevitable, and even necessary to maintain the efficiency and competitiveness of the sector.
Farm Interjectionection Synonyms: farmstead, farmhouse, grange, homestead, holding, land, farmland, acreage, arable, steading, smallholding, allotment, farm-toun, croft
Farm Noun Synonyms: cultivate, work the land, till the soil
Small Verb Synonyms: little, tiny, short, diminutive, petite, mignon(ne), wee, teeny, elfin, Lilliputian, midget, miniature, minute, minuscule, baby, bantam, pocket(-sized), mini, undersized, immature, young, under age, pint-sized, peewee
Small Adjective Synonyms: slight, secondary, insignificant, trivial, inconsequential, lesser, puny, negligible, minor, trifling, unimportant, paltry, nugatory
Small Noun Synonyms: skimpy, niggardly, stingy, uncharitable, ungenerous, scanty, meager, cheap, petty, parsimonious, grudging, stinting, selfish, miserly, tight, tight-fisted, close-fisted, close, poor, insignificant, inadequate, insufficient, unsatisfactory, negligible, tri
Business / Agriculture / Farm Size: Although a standard definition is not available, the most common way to measure farm size is by the value of gross farm sales. USDA defines small farms as those having less than $50,000 in sales annua MORE
Business / Agriculture / National Commission On Small Farms: A 30-member panel appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture in 1997 to examine the status and needs of small farms in the United States. The Commission presented its findings, which included nearly 15 MORE