Is South Dakota Losing Mid-Sized Farms?

Has the recent increase in land prices pushed out small to mid-sized South Dakota farmers? According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, the United States is quickly losing mid-sized family farms. United States Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the majority of all farmland are contained in operations of 2,000 acres or more. While larger operations provide farmers with stable full time employment, having 2,000 acres tied up in one operation impacts rural economies and schools. Vilsack feels that implementing the new Farm Bill programs will help rebuild mid-size farms, yet some remain skeptical.

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