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For Those Farmer Vets, Today We Salute You

One out of nine farmers has military experience.

DES MOINES, Iowa — “To all of you U.S. Veterans out there. If not for guys and gals like you, guys like me would not live as we do. Your service is greatly appreciated and not forgotten. Thank you,” r3020 stated in the AgForum Talk section, Monday, on Agriculture. com.

Elcheapo, an AgForum Talk section member responded, “Amen.”

Across America, veterans are being honored.

While President Donald Trump is speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony in New York City, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in the Arlington National Cemetery.

The average age of U.S. farmers with military experience is 67.9, according to the U.S. Census.

One out of every nine farmers has military experience.

Accounting for 11% of the U.S. total, 370,619 producers had served or were serving in the U.S. military in 2017. They are largely male (95%) and a full decade older than producers as a whole, according to the AgCensus.

“They are experienced farmers, with 81% having farmed 11 years or more. For more than half of them (52%), farming is their primary occupation,” the USDA AgCensus stated.

At the county level, the share of producers with military service is highest in the southeastern U.S., according to Census data.

In 2017, the total number of U.S. producers was 3.4 million, a 6.9% increase over 2012, as more farms reported multiple individuals involved in farm decision making.

In 2017, the majority of farms (54%) reported more than one person as a farmer. In 2012, the majority (56% of farms) identified only one producer. While the number of male producers declined 1.7%, the number of female producers increased nearly 27%, underscoring the effectiveness of the attempt to better represent all people involved in farm decision making.

The Census of Agriculture, conducted once every five years, counts U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.

Demographic information is available at national, state, and county levels, as well as for classes of farm and congressional districts, according to the USDA.  

Results from the 2017 Census, as well as previous censuses, are available online.  

Highlights featuring demographic groups and profiles by race, ethnicity, and sex will become available throughout 2019, according to the USDA AgCensus.

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