By Ann M. Veneman
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The Department is one of the largest users of remote sensing in the Federal Government. The Board coordinates remote sensing activities at USDA and chairs the Department’s Remote Sensing Coordination Committee. The Board also hosts the Department’s Chief Meteorologist, who serves as the principle spokesperson on weather and climate issues, chairs a departmental weather and climate coordinating committee, and serves as president of the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission for Agricultural Meteorology.
S. economy enjoyed an unprecedented period of economic growth. Rural areas generally shared in the good economic times, as earnings and income increased and unemployment and poverty fell. The rural population grew as urban residents and immigrants chose to live in rural areas; almost 8 percent of nonmetro counties, many in the West, increased in population at more than twice the national average. Still, areas of the Great Plains and western Corn Belt lost population as they wrestled with declining agricultural employment and the lack of replacement jobs in other industries.
Other family farms Source: 2000 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). Farm Policy and Family Farms The number of farms has fallen dramatically since its peak in 1935. S. farms. Nevertheless, most of the remaining farms are family run businesses with sales less than $250,000. The diversity of today’s farms has some implications that are discussed below. Figure 3-13 Operator households with negative income, 2000 Off-farm income supported many small-farm households Percent of households 90 Positive household income, loss from farming Positive household income, gain from farming Negative household income 80 70 60 50 ■ Production is concentrated among 40 30 20 10 0 Limitedresource Retirement Residential Low-sales High-sales Family-occupation Small family farms (sales less than $250,000) Large Very large Other family farms Note: The estimate of households with negative income is suppressed for retirement farms, due to insufficient observations.