James M. Mac­Don­ald is a branch chief at the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice (ERS).Robert A. Hoppe is an Agri­cul­tur­al Econ­o­mist who start­ed work­ing at ERS in 1978. For the past 20 years, he’s con­duct­ed research on farm structure.
Rural America
By the Numbers: A Look at Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture