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How Many Generations Comprise Your Farm?

December 27, 2012
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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Most U.S. farms include two or three generations, according to a recent Farm Journal Pulse.

Farm Journal Pulse

Farming is a family affair, and many family farms involve multiple generations.

A recent Farm Journal Pulse, a text message survey of farmers and ranchers, asked: How many generations are actively involved in your farming operation?

Here’s a breakdown of the results:

  • 1 generation: 19%
  • 2 generations: 47%
  • 3 generations: 27%
  • 4 generations: 4%
  • 5 generations: 2%


Almost half of the 1,900 respondents reported two generation being actively involved in their operation. Another 500 or so respondents said 3 generations are involved.

Click the map below to see how people responded:

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