Who Owns Nebraska Farms?

Rural America encompasses nearly 75% of the land area of the United States, but accounts for 16% of the country's population. That fact demonstrates how far removed the American consumer is from the food they consume. That has led to a lot of false information about agriculture today.

One common misconception is who owns farms and ranches. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Nebraska State Ag Director Greg Ibach says according to 2007 Ag Census conducted by the National Agriculture Statistics Service finds that 98 percent of the farms in Nebraska farms are family owned operations. That can moms, dads, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ibach says families are working together each day to produce the food for our nation and all over the world.

To dispel this myth, Ibach says ag producers need to talk with friends and neighbors and become active in social media, because of its ability to connect with people outside of agriculture. Ibach says producers need to share what they do each day on the farm and spread the story of agriculture.

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