Distribution of Minority Operated Farms, 1997
Source: Census of Agriculture, 1997
Map Description:
This dot density map shows the distribution of Minority farm operations in the United States, as determined by the Census of Agriculture, 1997. The term "operator" designates a person who operates a farm, either doing the work or making day-to-day decisions about such things as planting, harvesting, feeding, and marketing. The operator may be the owner, a member of the owner's household, a hired manager, a tenant, a renter, or a sharecropper. If a person rents land to others or has land worked on shares by others, he/she is considered the operator only of the land which is retained for his/her own operation. For partnerships, only one partner is counted as the operator. If it is not clear which partner is in charge, then the senior or oldest active partner is considered the operator. For census purposes, the number of operators is the same as the number of farms. In some cases, the operator was not the individual named on the address label of the report form, but another family member, a partner, or a hired manager who was actually in charge of the farm operation.

Cautions for this Product:
Data are not shown for Alaska, Puerto Rico or the Pacific Basin. Inherent in this product are all the limitations of the Census of Agriculture. "No Data" areas could exist for lack of data, non disclosure, or privacy reasons. The data represent the county in which the business is headquartered, and NOT always the counties encompassed by an entire operation. This product may NOT be used to estimate minority population. It may NOT be used to determine information about ethnic origin. All racial information is based on self-identified categories, specific definitions are not available. African American includes operators identified as Black, African American, or Negro. Data on American Indian Operators is not consistent with past censuses.

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