Why are Michigan Farms Getting Bigger? - There has been a historical trend for farms in Michigan to get larger, which has led to public concerns about potential impacts on the environment. Concurrently, the number of total farms in Michigan has declined by 9.3 percent from 58,661 in 1983 to 53,200 in 2004. Interestingly, the number of farms with sales between $1,000 to $9,999 has increased from 28,432 in 1983 to 31,400 in 2004.
Farm Information Resource Management (FIRM) - Assists farmers, agriculturally‑related businesses, industries, families, and individuals improve their lives and achieve their goals through an educational process that applies management, production and economic knowledge to critical issues, needs, and opportunities.