US trends in farm and off-farm rural employment

J. Michael Harris, Ashok K. Mishra

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Agriculture is one of the most productive sectors in the US economy. The amount of labor used in farming has declined since the early years of farming. The long-term trend of less-farm labor and more of the other farm inputs has allowed farm operators and other family members to allocate more time to off-farm jobs. Most farmers receive income from off-farm work, but small-scale operations rely on off-farm income to sustain their operations. More than half of US farm operations are small-scale and have annual sales of less than $10,000.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRural Policies and Employment
Subtitle of host publicationTransatlantic Experiences
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781786347091
ISBN (Print)9789813100398
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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