MANDATORY CREDIT/AP PhotoA tractor trailer plows through an agricultural field near the Millington, Ky., site of the closure of the Kentucky farm bureau in May.
The closure of all farms in the state, including Maggie’s, on May 1 was the biggest farm bureau closure in the U.S. since 2008, and is the latest in a series of closures in the past year that have forced some farmers to leave their farms.
(Photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images)As farmers across the country struggled to cope with the devastating effects of the Great Recession, many farmers found themselves left to fend for themselves and their families.
Many are now facing bankruptcy or facing the possibility of eviction from their homes.
But while the crisis has forced some of the most vulnerable farmers out of farming, the majority of farmers are still in it for the long haul.
The majority of farms across the United States, including the smallest and most marginal, are still running.
The average size of a farm is still under 500 acres, with some farms measuring as few as 200 acres.
But the trend is toward smaller, more sustainable farms, with the average size dropping to under 10,000 acres over the past decade.
In a report released last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that farmers now make up less than 3% of all farm workers nationwide, while about half of all farmers in the country are farm workers.
A recent study by the Farm Bureau and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found that the average farm worker makes just $19,938 a year, but the average family farm makes nearly $400,000.
In some cases, farmers are struggling to make ends meet.
In February, a Tennessee family that owned a small operation and operated a family farm on their own made headlines when they reported their finances were in “disarray” and had a mortgage on their home.
The family, including their two adult daughters, had been living in a trailer, but were forced to sell the property to help pay for the foreclosure on their mortgage.
After that, they said they had lost about $600,000 and were living paycheck to paycheck.
The Farm Bureau released a statement Thursday saying that the report is “not based on any hard numbers or any independent statistics.
Rather, it is based on interviews with the families and the farmers they work with, as well as a survey of more than 400 farmers across Kentucky who said they were facing a loss of income.”
But not everyone is seeing a financial setback.
For many farmers, their livelihoods are in the balance, and they’re finding ways to stay afloat.
A survey released by the Kentucky Farm Bureau found that nearly 80% of farmers surveyed reported making some sort of financial contribution to their farms during the recession.
Nearly a quarter of farmers said they have paid for food for their children and grandchildren and nearly a third reported that they’ve given food to a neighbor.
The vast majority of those surveyed said that their businesses are still doing well.
Nearly half said they’re able to keep up with expenses, while only 4% said they could not.
A farmer in rural Ohio said he’s able to make money by working from home because of the recession, but he’s also working from the same farm and also has to rely on donations.
He said he needs a loan to keep his operation going, but if he doesn’t get that loan, he’s worried that he’ll be forced to close down the farm.
“We don’t have money,” he said.
“We don, like, have a mortgage.
So if we don’t get money, we’re going to have to close it down.”
For the average farmer in Kentucky alone, the recession has meant a lot of changes in their lives.
The economy has been hit hard by the financial downturn, and the cost of housing, food and transportation has become a constant struggle.
For many farmers who are still on the job, there’s also been a sense of uncertainty about what will happen to their livelihood once the recession ends.
Many have lost their jobs in the last few years, and many have seen their incomes fall in the same way.
But many have found ways to survive, whether it’s selling their equipment to help with rent or helping out at their farms or just taking advantage of the small businesses that have sprung up.
As the economy recovers, it’s unclear how farmers will be able to continue to make a living.
There are also questions about whether the recession is affecting the way Americans think about farming.
“It’s not about making money, but about how you use the resources,” said Mike Smith, a farmer who’s been farming in Kentucky since he was in middle school.
“How you use them and how they’re used in a way that’s beneficial to you and your family.”
The Farm Service Agency, the agency responsible for overseeing