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Small Farms Have Large Impact On Pa. Agriculture


Despite vastly outnumbering large farms, small farms produce only a tiny fraction of Pennsylvania’s total agricultural output. However, these smaller operations support billions of dollars worth of economic activity while helping to preserve farmland and adding to the diversity of the state’s agriculture, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The researchers, affiliated with the college’s Center for Economic and Community Development, analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and summarized their findings in two reports: “Not Incons...

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