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Cory Erickson of Raymond harvests one of his corn fields Sept. 14, 2012, in rural Kerkhoven. A recent University of Minnesota Extension paper found that the average return of $280.36 per acre of corn means a farmer needs to grow 428 acres to support a family of three persons. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams

So you want to be a farmer? Have 540 acres to farm, $120K to support family?

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Agriculture is big business in Minnesota, there is no question about that fact. The production, processing, marketing and distribution of agricultural products account for about $16 billion of state revenue, according to statistics.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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