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?
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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