How Many Calories Are You Drinking?


Originally posted 2009-12-10 11:39:22. When I lived in Texas, my girl and I used to hit up the Red Lobster every other weekend. We’d crack jokes, catch up (school kept us very busy, plus my added little bundle of joy) and enjoy a couple of drinks. Namely, the gloriously decadent Lobsterita. A delicious [not-so-] little […]

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USDA’s farm “typology” report: defines small, midsize, large

The USDA has just posted its enormous—more than 700 pages—2012 Census of Agriculture (Farm Typology) report.

Its definitions and results are impressive. Definitions are based on a metric called Gross Case Farm Income (GCFI):

  • Small <$350,000
  • Midsize >$350,000 but less than $1 million
  • Large >$1 million but less than $5 million
  • Very large >$5 million

Another metric: average number of acres per category (one square mile is 640 acres):

  • Small: GCFI between $150,000 and $350,000: 961 acres
  • Midsize: 1582 acres
  • Large: 2926 acres
  • Very large: 4673 acres

And some basic facts:

  • 88% of farms are Small (GCFI <$350,000).
  • 12% are Midsize and Large, but they account of 80% of agriculture sales.

That’s US agriculture in a snapshot.