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Farms by Type of Business

Massachusetts Agricultural Census 2012

As Figure 7.1 shows, a great majority of Massachusetts farms over the years have been family or individually owned. In 2012, 6,168 farms of the total 7,755 (79.5 percent) were individually or family owned. The number decreased slightly from the 6,318 individually and family owned farms in 2007 (82.1 percent of the 2007 total number of farms). Corporations held the second largest number of farms in the Commonwealth, with 719 farms (9.3 percent of Massachusetts farms) an increase when compared to the 2007 numbers (641 farms or 8.3 percent of Massachusetts farms). Partnerships made up 7.5 percent of the total number of farms in both 2012 (583 farms) and 2007 (574 farms). Other types of business organization included cooperatives, estates or trusts and institutional farms. These other farms made up 3.7 percent of Massachusetts farms in 2012 (285 farms), an increase over 2 percent (158 farms) in 2007.