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What is the Difference Between a Corporate Farm and a Family Farm?

What is the Difference Between a Corporate Farm and a Family Farm?

With nearly 650 member-owners and hundreds of more farmers who produce the corn LifeLine uses to make its corn ingredients for the snack, beverage, masa and industrial industries, we occasionally will get the question if we buy corn from corporate farms. The short answer is yes. Yet, most “corporate” farms are owned by families. In fact, family farms make up 99 percent of America’s farms. It’s a matter of business structure most families have implemented to protect themselves, much like other small, family-owned businesses.

While you likely will not see the small farms of a few hundred acres of yesteryear when your grandpa farmed, you will find that nearly 95 percent of all large farms—10,000 acres or more or annual gross sales of $1 million or more—are ran by families. The incorporated, family-farm allows generations of families to plan for capital investments, ownership structure and management practices. The family-farm corporation is also one that still values raising healthy food in ways that take care of their families, their communities, the animals and the environment.

What is the difference between a corporate farm and a family farm? A critical component of U.S. agriculture is the diversity of its family-owned businesses. The local connections to consumers matter to family farms, whether they are large or small.

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