Study Shows 82 Percent of Farmstead Income Is Earned Outside the Farm

Research shows more farmers aren’t relying on the harvest to make ends meet, and the trend is changing the economic distance between rural and urban communities.

“I don’t want to paint this as challenge for agriculture,” Alan Spell, an assistant extension professor at the University of Missouri, said in an interview with The Center Square. “In many ways, it’s kind of the opposite. It’s just a story that hasn’t been told very much.”

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