USDA reports that of the 2.1 million farms in the United States, 97 percent are family owned operations. Small farms with income less than $350,000 in gross cash farm income accounted for eighty-eight percent of all farms. The 2012 Ag Census showed that small family farms held 40 percent of the U.S. cattle inventory and grew 64 percent of all acres in forage production. One third of small family farms specialized in beef cattle – meaning that more than half of their income came from beef cattle.
Small family farms operated 48 percent of all farmland, owned 47 percent of the value of farm real estate (land and buildings), accounted for 20 percent of agriculture sales, and earned 5 percent of the country’s net farm income.
Summit Livestock Facilities is proud to be a part of many of these hard-working farm families’ operations. Each one is unique and each one is contributing to feeding not only their own families but putting food on tables around the world.
Livestock producers have different goals. Some want to advance their scale or capacity for production. Some are looking to update and improve their ability to produce efficiently and effectively who are building facilities. Summit Livestock works directly with each customer to determine your goals.
For many producers, adding a new livestock facility allows them to build a legacy. Its more than a facility. It allows another family member to become part of the operation, or it may allow the next generation to carry on your family farming operation. When that building helps make those goals possible, its part of the family farm.
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If it has hooves, feathers, or paws, there’s a good chance Kathleen Lonergan Erickson has been actively engaged in some aspect of raising, handling, or supporting the animals and humans involved! Kathleen has worked directly in animal agriculture through the family farm, as a journalist, through corporate experience, and as an independent marketing communications consultant. Her understanding of the business of agriculture is as deep and strong as is her respect for agricultural producers. She is a graduate of Iowa State University, and recently returned to university to earn her master’s degree in Agricultural Innovation. Supporting the innovative work of Summit Livestock Facilities is a natural fit for her.