Prove You're A Farmer At Heart By Acing This Quiz

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Farming takes lots of hard work. Worst of all, you often have to do it, hour after hour, in the scorching sun! Despite the work, there's nothing quite so fulfilling as a good day on a farm. After all, it's one of the oldest jobs in the history of mankind. While some farm techniques have evolved, others have stayed the same. Have you been keeping up enough to ace this hardcore farming quiz?

To pass this test, you'll need to know a little bit of everything! What's that piece of farm equipment? When do you need THAT farming technique?! What's that farm animal called, again? You tell us! Do you know enough to get your farming bragging rights? Or do you need to go back to Farming 101?

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1. Start counting your eggs! The most common farm animals in the world are:

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  1. Goats
  2. Chickens
According to the UN, there are almost 19 billion chickens on this planet! That number grows each day. Cattle are the second-most-common farm animal in the world. There are 1.4 billion of them!
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2. There's a reason that cows get so big! They have:

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  1. Four stomachs
  2. Four hearts
A cow has four stomachs (well, technically they have one, with four distinct compartments). These departments are the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum.
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3. What is Steve doing to his sheep?

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  1. Milking it
  2. Shearing it
Sheep's wool is used very often in clothing. It is usually used to make cold-weather items like sweaters, socks, and blankets.
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4. If you're in viticulture, you probably have wine with all your meals:

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  1. You're cultivating and harvesting grapes
  2. You're cultivating and harvesting raisints
Viticulture is the study or practice of grape cultivation, generally for the purpose of producing wines. Think Napa Valley.
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5. To position and bury seeds in the ground, use a...

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  1. Seed drill
  2. Hammer
Seed drills are great! They sow seeds at the same depth and at equal distances. They also ensure that seeds are completely covered by dirt.
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6. Which poppin' crop is the most widely grown in the United States?

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  1. Grass
  2. Corn
Corn is the most widely grown crop in the country. Most of what is produced feeds livestock, not humans!
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7. You can't farm without this tool, which turns and breaks up soil:

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  1. Motorized rake
  2. Plow
Plows loosen the soil in preparation for planting. Traditionally, plows were pulled by animals. Today, they are powered by engines.
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8. Beware of werewolves! A harvest moon is also a:

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  1. Tangerine moon
  2. Full moon
Not every full moon is a harvest moon. The harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox.
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9. Cover crops protect the...

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  1. Trees
  2. Soil
Cover crops are crops planted solely for the protection and enrichment of the soil. Examples include oats and ryegrass.
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10. Apiaries are usually buzzing. What can you find there?

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  1. Bees
  2. Bears
An apiary is a place where bees are kept, either as a hobby or for honey production.
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11. Your dairy cow is dry!

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  1. She's not producing milk
  2. She's ugly
A dry period is to be expected with every dairy cow. It should last about 40 days, during which time the cow's body restores its energy and nutrient reserves.
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12. Breeding and caring for livestock is called:

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  1. Fishery
  2. Husbandry
You don't have to be married to do it! Husbandry is the comprehensive caring, cultivation, and breeding of animals and crops.
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13. Cut grass with this tool, which is also a favorite of the Grim Reaper's:

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  1. Wrench
  2. Scythe
Besides being associated with the Grim Reaper, scythes are used to cut and reap plants and grasses.
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14. If you're engaged in mixed cropping, you:

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  1. Plant more than one crop in the same field, simultaneously
  2. Have mixed feelings about which crops you should plant
Mixed cropping is also called polyculture, co-cultivation, and inter-cropping. It's when a farmer plants two or more crops simultaneously, in the same field.
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15. Why did you put a scarecrow on your farm?

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  1. To scare robbers away
  2. To discourage birds from feeding on growing crops
Scarecrows act as decoys. They are supposed to fool birds into thinking there's a human around, so they don't disturb growing crops.
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16. A farm of apple trees is called (a)n:

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  1. Grove
  2. Orchard
An orchard is a piece of land where fruit or nut trees are planted. Apple orchards are particularly fun places to visit during the fall, when they often offer home-made apple cider.
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17. What does your tabby cat, "Friday", do around the farm?

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  1. She keeps mice away
  2. She keeps the animals company
Cats are often kept in barns to eat/kill assorted vermin, including rodents and other small animals. Such rodents -- if not kept at bay -- are often responsible for contaminating stored grain crops.
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18. A male pig is a:

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  1. Stallion
  2. Boar
Male pigs are known as "boars". The words "hog" and "swine" are generic and gender-neutral. A "gilt" is a young female pig, and a "sow" is a generic term for a female pig.
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19. What part of the cow does the milk come from?

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  1. Udders
  2. Femurs
Udders are a part of a female cow's mammary glands. They can be found hanging beneath the animal, and are equivalent to human breasts.
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20. Take a bite of the past! This fruit may have been the first cultivated crop:

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  1. Oranges
  2. Figs
Historians have uncovered evidence that suggests that figs were cultivated as many as 11,400 years ago in Ancient Jericho!
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21. Shine a bright light over these before you sell them!

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  1. Lettuce
  2. Eggs
Farmers shine bright lights on eggs to check for any defects on their insides.
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22. GMO stands for...

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  1. Global media outreach
  2. Genetically modified organism
GMOs are genetically modified plants, altered to resist certain diseases, pests, and even environmental conditions.
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23. Measure the size of your land in:

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  1. Pounds
  2. Acres
Acres are used to measure land. According to the USDA, small family farms average 231 acres. Large ones average 1,421 acres.
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24. Crop rotation involves:

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  1. Turning the crop over in the ground, while it's growing
  2. Planting different crops on the same land, yearly
Crop rotation is pretty complex. Most farmers plan the sequence of their crop rotation to maximize profitability.
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25. Which of these is not a crop?

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  1. Corn
  2. Oleander
A crop is a cultivated plant that is grown as food. Crops include grains, fruits, and vegetables. Oleander, a toxic shrub, is not a crop.
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26. Use fungicide to:

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  1. Make flowers brighter
  2. Kill fungi
Fungicide helps ensure the health of your crops. It is a biocidal chemical compound or biological organism used to kill different types of parasitic fungi and or their spores.
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27. If your eggs need help hatching, put them in:

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  1. Refrigerators
  2. Incubators
Once incubation begins, it takes an egg approximately 21 days to hatch.
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28. If you engage in "dryland farming", you are:

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  1. Farming without irrigation
  2. Farming on land so dry that crops can't grow
Dryland farming is farming without irrigation. Because water isn't being supplied to plants constantly, drought-resistant crops are often planted.
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29. Put your pig food in:

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  1. A trough
  2. A plow
Don't use your best chinaware! A trough is a long, narrow, open container used to give animals food and water.
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30. Pasteurize your milk in order to:

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  1. Remove bacteria
  2. Make it spicy
Pasteurized milk has been heated to remove pathogens. After being pasteurized, it is no longer considered to be "raw".
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31. Which "lonely" state supplies most of the United States' cattle?

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  1. Texas
  2. New York
Texas -- the lone star state -- is responsible for 13% of the cattle farmed in the United States. Together with Nebraska and Kansas, the three states account for 27% of the country's commercially-farmed cattle.
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32. Need to pollinate your farm? Find yourself some:

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  1. Bees
  2. Locusts
When they jump from flower to flower, bees spread pollen from a flower's male sex organ to its female sex organ!
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33. An annual crop's life cycle lasts for:

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  1. Twelve growing seasons
  2. One growing season
An annual crop's cycle encompasses everything from germination to seed production within one growing cycle. After the cycle comes to an end, the plant dies.
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34. Which of these is a grain cart likely to hold?

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  1. Corn
  2. Grass
Grain carts are used to bring grains like corn from the combine harvester to a truck, waiting at the end of the field.
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35. Harvest two different crops on the same land in one year, and that's called:

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  1. A double crop
  2. Pandemonium
Double cropping allows farmers to get the most out of their land. An example is harvesting wheat in the summer then planting soybeans in the fall.
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36. Hens lay one egg almost every day. On average, how many eggs does one hen lay in a year?

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  1. 600
  2. 300
Most hens lay an egg a day during its most productive years, this means that it can lay about 300 eggs a year.
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37. Perennial crops don't need to be replanted every year. Which of these is one?

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  1. Apples
  2. Watermelons
Perennials grow back automatically after they're harvested. Some examples are tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, and apples.
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38. That's not a whale! Roll your bundle of hay to get a:

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  1. Bale
  2. Bushel
Rolling hay into bales makes them easy to store. Hay also sheds rainwater more easily in this form, even when left outside with no protection.
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39. Botanically, tomatoes are considered to be:

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  1. Nuts
  2. Fruits
Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit. Like other fruits, they are small flowers that contain a multitude of seeds. These can later be harvested to produce more plants.
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40. Mono means one. Monoculture means:

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  1. Growing god-like crops in an area
  2. Growing one type of crop in a particular area
Monoculture is defined as growing one crop in a single area. Many specialists warn against this method of farming because it comes with higher risks of pathogens and diseases.
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41. What kind of animal is a "foal"?

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  1. A horse
  2. A cat
A "foal" is a young horse, under a year in age. A "colt" is a male horse, usually under 4 years of age, and a "filly" is a female horse under the age of 3.
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42. Drill your fields during this fresh season...

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  1. Summer
  2. Spring
Most farmers find it best to drill their fields in the spring. Why? The soil has mostly thawed by then, making it particularly easy to work with.
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43. When you use the term “Angus”, you're talking about:

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  1. Fish
  2. Beef
Angus beef comes from a Scottish breed of small beef cattle of the same name. Angus beef generally has more marbling and a more even fat distribution than other types of beef. Marbling results in a juicier and more tender cut of meat.
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44. If want to make big bucks, plant:

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  1. Arsenic
  2. Saffron
Saffron is one of the world's most expensive spices. A pound goes for $1,500 or more!
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45. If you operate an ovine farm, you'll be surrounded by:

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  1. Chickens
  2. Sheep
Ovine farming is also called sheep farming or sheep husbandry towards the production of milk, wool, and meat.
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46. If you want to deliver water to a plant's roots, while slowly reducing evaporation, try:

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  1. Draining the soil
  2. Drip irrigation
The goal of drip irrigation is to release water into a plant's root zone and minimize evaporation. The system releases water from both above or below the soil.
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47. To maintain your soil's fertility:

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  1. Only plant carrots
  2. Rotate crops
Crop rotation is the practice of growing different types of crops in the same area in a sequence of seasons. It's a method that ensures that the soil is not depleted of any one kind of nutrient, thereby maintaining its fertility.
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48. An alley crop is...

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  1. A crop found in a dark, dangerous alley
  2. A crop planted between rows
Alley cropping is a method of food cultivation achieved by planting crops between rows of trees.
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49. Use your farmer's almanac to gain insights about:

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  1. Weather patterns
  2. Keeping kids away from the horses
A farmer's almanac provides long-range weather predictions applicable to the United States and Canada. It has been released on a regular basis since 1818.
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50. The earliest methods of irrigation were found in this desert region:

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  1. United States
  2. Egypt
The Ancient Egyptians were the first to do many things. They built the pyramids, made papyrus sheets, invented the ox-drawn plow, and developed irrigation!
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51. There are many fantastic breeds of herding dogs! Can you name this fluffy friend?

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  1. Old English Sheepdog
  2. Jack Russell Terrier
The Old English Sheepdog has been on the scene for centuries and is known for its relaxed temperament and adaptability. Perfect for a hard job, such as farming.
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52. This plant has a long history in the US, and it's a huge cash crop once more…

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  1. Sugarcane
  2. Hemp
Hemp arrived in North America in 1606. The plant’s many uses led to its use as a staple crop: Farmers were actually legally bound to grow hemp throughout the 1700s! The plant needs no pesticides and little water.
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53. Why are windbreaks important for fruit farms?

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  1. Privacy
  2. To provide protection
Windbreaks provide much-needed protection. Tall, dense lines of trees are often planted, acting as windbreaks to protect trees and help prevent soil erosion.
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54. How fast can a pig run a mile?

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  1. 3 hours
  2. 7-10 minutes
Pigs can run a mile in 7 minutes. The average runner can cover one mile in 7-10 minutes. If you’re new to running, it will probably take around 12-15 minutes to complete the same distance. The pig might win!
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55. How long does it take for an apple orchard to grow?

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  1. 2-10 years
  2. 3 weeks
Fancy some tasty apples of your own? We're afraid you'll be waiting a while. Depending on the type of rootstock or if it's grown from seed, it'll take 2-10 years. Dwarf trees begin producing fruit first.
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56. Which exotic animals do some farmers use to scare away foxes?

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  1. Alpaca
  2. Moose
The scent of an alpaca is enough to scare away these naughty vulpine fiends. Alpacas in South America are used to defending their young from foxes, they have very keen eyesight, and their ears can pick up the sounds of trouble from far away.
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57. How much do you need to earn to be considered a farm?

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  1. $1,000
  2. $100,000
A farm classification is based on a monetary threshold. The USDA defines a farm as a place producing and selling at least $1,000 of agricultural products in a year.
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58. 99% of farms are operated by...

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  1. Families
  2. New Yorkers
This may seem like a crazy number to some, but family-run operations in the U.S. account for around 99 percent of U.S. farms and 89 percent of production!
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59. Theoretically, you could grow 50,000 pounds of this crop on a single acre:

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  1. Alfalfa
  2. Wheat
A single acre of land can also grow 50,000 pounds of strawberries! According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, $139.6 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products were exported around the world in 2018 alone.
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60. Up to how much can a U.S. farm earn to still be considered small?

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  1. $1,000,000
  2. $350,000
In the United States, a farm is considered small if its gross income is less than $350,000 a year. In fact, nine out of 10 farms in the country rank as small, accounting for 52% of the land used for farming countrywide.
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