Who Is the Average American Farmer?

  • Age and acres

    He’s a 58-year-old, 
white male 
with 1,105 acres. (This number represents the midpoint acreage for U.S. cropland.)

    • 86% of principal farm operators are men
    • Only 7% are minorities



  • Percentage of farmers who have the following crops:

    Percentage of farmers who have the following crops:

    • Corn 19%
    • Soybeans 13%
    • Wheat 7%
    • Cotton 1%
    • Sorghum 1%
  • The Great Outdoors

    When he’s not farming, he’s still spending time in the great outdoors.
    Outdoor activities farmers participate in:

    • 46% ATV riding
    • 40% hunting
    • 40% gardening
    • 38% fishing


  • Education

    He’s a high school grad.

    • 59% graduated from high school
    • 5% have some college education
    • 28% are college graduates
    • 8% have a master’s degree
  • Technology

    He’s tech savvy and prefers Apple products.

    • 70% have Internet access
    • 47% with 1,000+ acres have smartphones (53% of those are iPhones)
    • 41% with 1,000+ acres have tablets (70% of those are iPads)
  • Social media

    He’s getting more social.

    • 48% use YouTube
    • 40% are on Facebook
    • 9% tweet on Twitter
  • Sports fan

    He’s a sports fan. Percent of farmers who cheer for the following sports:

    • 62% college football
    • 60% NFL
    • 43% college basketball
    • 27% NASCAR
    • 21% tractor pulling
  • Taken man

    He’s a taken man.

    • 86% are married

    Sources: Successful Farming research and the USDA

8 statistics about American farmers.

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