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Age

10. Percentages of Farm Operators by Age Group
Year
1997
1992
1987
1982
1978
34 or
under
11.9
16.4
23.1
25.0
23.5
35 to 44
26.9
23.6
20.7
18.4
20.5
45 to 54
22.2
20.1
20.9
24.7
25.7
55 to 64
22.0
25.1
25.4
24.2
24.3
65 or
over
17.0
14.8
10.0
7.7
5.9
Average Age
50.4
49.5
47.3
46.2
45.9
   

Farm operators in Kossuth County in 1997 included 11.9% under the age of 35 and 17.0% 65 years of age or older. The average age of farm operators in Kossuth County was 50.4 in 1997, which was younger than the statewide average.

Principal Occupation

Of the farm operators in Kossuth County in 1997, 52.6% claimed farming as their principal occupation, lower than the 62.9% state average

11. Percentages of Farm Operators Claiming Farming as Their Principal Occupation
Year
1997
1992
1987
1982
1978
Kossuth
52.6
58.8
57.1
59.0
60.4
State
62.9
71.7
73.5
80.1
80.8

 

Days Worked Off The Farm

The percentage of farm operators working 200 or more days off the farm in 1997 was smaller in Kossuth County than in state overall.

12. Percentages of Farm Operators Working 200 or More Days Off the Farm
Year
1997
1992
1987
1982
1978
Kossuth
22.8
16.7
16.9
14.4
11.6
State
33.3
28.3
26.5
24.2
22.2
 

 

Tenure and Type Organization

Full-owner farms are operations where the operator owns all the land he or she operates. Part-owners are those who rent some of the land they operate. Tenants rent all of the land they operate. Compared to the state, Kossuth County had a lower percentage of farms operated by full-owners.

13. Percentages of Farms by Tenure
Kossuth County
Year
1997
1992
1987
1982
1978
Full Owner
29.1
28.1
29.2
31.4
35.7
Part Owner
44.6
43.0
41.0
37.9
35.7
Tenant
26.4
28.9
29.8
30.7
32.7
State
Year
1997
1992
1987
1982
1978
Full Owner
47.3
45.1
45.9
45.9
45.9
Part Owner
36.3
36.0
33.5
33.3
32.2
Tenant
16.4
18.9
20.7
20.8
21.9
 

Individual/family operated farms are the most common type of farm organization throughout the state. The percentage of individual/family operated farms in Kossuth County was higher than the state average in 1997, while the percentage of partnerships was lower.

14. Percentages of Farms by Type of Organization
Kossuth County
Year
1997
1992
1987
1982
1978
Individual/
Family
84.5
86.2
87.4
86.5
86.4
Partner
8.3
9.4
8.6
10.4
11.8
Other
7.3
4.4
4.1
4.1
1.8
State
Year
1997
1992
1987
1982
1978
Individual/
Family
83.6
84.0
84.8
84.6
85.6
Partner
9.1
10.4
10.5
11.4
11.8
Other
7.4
5.6
4.7
4.0
2.6

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