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Friday, September 29, 2006

Introducing the Candidacy for Head of Ministry of Public Assessment

My Subjects! It is now time to exercise your duty and vote for your Head of Ministry for Public Assessment. Only those who have petitioned for membership in the Ministry of Public Assessment are eligible to vote.

On Monday, a new topic will be posted to collect votes. Each member may vote once by placing a non-anonymous reply to Monday's entry. Votes will be tallied and verified by the Ministry of Information at 5:00 pm San Francisco time on election day.

Selecting a candidate is an important task that requires much thought. I provide here, for the benefit of my public, the rice farming reports provided to me from each member. Use their work as an example of what to expect in the future. You should select the single person that will represent you best. The Head of Ministry will have several tasks. I will work directly with the Head of Ministry to coordinate future assessments of the public. All members will report to the Head of Ministry.

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I found the number of active rice farms in the United States to be 8,046. I found this number by consulting numerous data sources such as the US census of agriculture.

The Best Answers come from the US Agricultural census.
From the census of 1987, they're were 12,013 active rice farms In 1992, that number had shrunk to 11,212 In 1997 it was down to: 9,627 and in 2002 it was: 8,046 By this pattern of decline, one can estimate that by the time of the census of 2007, there will be approximatley 6,500 rice farms; as smaller farms merge into larger ones. At this present time, I would estimate that thier are 6,800 Rice Farms.

Just over 9,000 farms produce rice in the United States. Those farms are concentrated in six states: Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. U.S. rice production accounts for just over 1% of the world's total, but this country is the second leading rice exporter with 18% of the world market.

Rogi Ocnorb
Following is the best estimate of the number of active rice farms in the US.

The most recent census information tells us that the number of active farms in 2002 was 8,046 per the USDA

We know from further research that the while the annual acres planted remains a pretty constant 3.3 million acres(The exception being a slight decline, this year due to Hurricane damage in the gulf coast region).
The number of farms, has been on the decrease to the tune of 300 farms per year, while the size of the farms has been on the increase, indicating that, for the most part, smaller operations/family farms have been selling out to larger growers/cooperatives.
There is evidence that many smaller farms couldn't rebuild after the hurricane damage. Using purely historical projection of the declining number of farms and adjusting for this and the Federal incentives for farmers (Meaning that there will never be a point in the future where there will be a single farm, if the trend continues, the number of current, active farms is 6,782.

The fall plantings for 2006 haven't occurred as of yet, so using the figure of 2.84 million acres planted, so far, this year and dividing by the larger-adjusted farm size factor of 405 acres, the number of active farms for 2006 is 7,012

Using buth extrapolative processes, the mean value arrived at for the number of active rice farms in the US is 6,897.

Up-to-date information on the number of rice farms in the United States has proved surprisingly difficult to come by. A publication from the US Department of Agriculture lists the exact number of rice farms operating in the US in 1997 as 9,291. A more recent publication has charts from which one can extrapolate an approximate number of 7000 rice farms. (The publication in question, Characteristics and Production Costs of US Rice Farms, is from 2004, but it appears that its data dates to 2000.)

A US Representative from Texas, Ted Poe, has a page on his web site which states the number of farms in 2002 as "about 8000". He does not cite his sources.

I apologize for not having a more exact or current number, but this is the best I could find on short notice.


Anonymous Citizen Kane said...

No way to vote yet?

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Citizen Kane said...

bah, nevermind, site didn't want to refresh

12:25 PM  
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