Data that impacts farmers
Only 8% of U.S. farms have contracts. Two-thirds of the value of U.S. farm production is sold without contracts. While 95 percent of small family farms do not have contracts, they represented 54 percent of the farms that did have contracts in 2017 and accounted for 25 percent of the production under contract (mostly from moderate-sales farms). In contrast, large-scale family farms together accounted for 15 percent of farms with contracts but 36 percent of contract production in 2017.
Source: America’s diverse Family Farms 2018 Edition