Farm Business Type by Sales
Massachusetts Agricultural Census 2017
While individual or family owned farms make up the majority of farms and operate the greatest amount of farmland, their market value of their farm products was far less than that of the Commonwealth's corporate farms. Individual or family owned farms produced almost $155 million in agricultural products in 2017, down from the $157 million reported in 2012. In 2007, individual and family owned farms produced $168 million in farm products. While the value of farm products of individual and family owned farms grew by nearly 28 percent from 2002 to 2007, it declined by 6.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, and by another 1 percent from 2012 to 2017. Corporations produced $206 million of Massachusetts’ value of farm products in 2017, a decrease of $26 million or 11 percent over the $23 million produced in 2012. Partnerships and other types of farm organization accounted for much lower values of production in 2017 with about $94 million in market value. The value of farm products produced by partnerships increased by 19 percent from 2012 to 2017.