In 1900, seen from perch of the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- which counts national jobs, income and spending -- the United States is like one big farm surrounded by a cluster of small factories.
Today, the respective figures are only about 1 percent and 20 percent. Agriculture is a major industry in the United States, which is a net exporter of food. American agriculture and rural life underwent a tremendous transformation in the 20th century. 3). Age Distribution of Wisconsin Farmers, 1860 : Age: Proportion owning no land ... How would a family acquire the money to start a farm? 4)— from an average of about five commodities per farm in 1900 to about one

As of the 2007 census of agriculture, there were 2.2 million farms, covering an area of 922 million acres (3,730,000 km 2), an average of 418 acres (169 hectares) per farm.. A sharp decline in the number of farms occurred from the 1940s to the 1980s. About 40 percent of Americans were living and working on farms in the early 1900's. Value of farms, with percent increase or decrease and percent distribution, by size of farm, for the United States: 1900 to 1940: 9: Value of farm buildings, with percent of total value of land and buildings and percent distribution, by size of farm, for the United States: 1900 to 1940: 10 In the 1800s, 90 percent of the population lived on farms; today it is around one percent. The history of agriculture in the United States covers the period from the first English settlers to the present day.

In 1890 manufacturing and mining at 30 percent share of the GNP both exceeded agriculture’s 19 percent share. Early 20th century agriculture was labor intensive, and it took place on many small, diversified farms in rural areas where more than half the U.S. population lived. This is a final Census Report on Agriculture of the Twelfth Census, taken in the year 1900.

farm and farm household level. The United States had between six and seven million farms from 1910 to 1940 (figure 1). Farmers had the largest share of the dollar value of American economic output until 1880 when commerce’s 29 percent of the gross national product edged out their 28 percent. Digital History ID 3837.

In 1900, just under 40 percent of the total US population lived on farms, and 60 percent lived in rural areas.
Since 1900, the number of farms has fallen by 63 percent, while the average farm size has risen 67 percent (fig. Farm operations have become increasingly specialized as well (fig. In Colonial America, agriculture was the primary livelihood for 90% of the population, and most towns were shipping points for the export of agricultural products.Most farms were geared toward subsistence production for family use.