Why are big farms often not considered family farms?

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Big is celebrated in many ways because it often equates to success. Big farming often gets a bad rap, but farms often grow in size to sustain more family members. Big doesn’t mean that a farm isn’t a family business.  This video was taken at the event titled "Lights, Camera, Food: Perceptions and Realities of Farming and Ranching in America," The event took place June 20-21.

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Mr. W    
Wisconsin  |  July, 25, 2012 at 07:53 PM

I'm somewhat alarmed by the philosophy of wanting every farm to get bigger and bigger. My concern is that if the dairy industry keeps growing, there will simply be way too much supply. Other country and continents have very large dairy farms already meaning simply we will have no were to take our dairy products here in the US. Not to mention what happens when you have too many cows you don't know what to do with when you don't have feed to feed them like some of our fellow farmers are dealing with currently.

kansas  |  August, 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM

Due to sometimes willful ignorance, and a plethora of green mythology from enviro propaganda, Urban America has zero understanding of Agriculture on any level beyond Old McDonald Had a Farm. It's a business and for many reasons it requires growth and expansion to support the growth and expansion of the families who work the land and raise the livestock... Just Like EVERY OTHER BUSINESS. If we were discussing a family owned restaurant, would we be naive enough to think three or four families could be supported by the original location that supported one family? No, of course not and anyone with even average intelligence would see that. So, where does everyone put their brains while discussing farming? Agriculture is a business. A business is not a LifeStyle, it must sufficiently profit to survive. THAT is sustainability.

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