Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture carries out a census of farmers: who they are, and what they are doing on their farms.
The agency just released the latest one, and it's a feast for all ag geeks. And here's the very first, most basic piece of new information: There are 2,109,303 farmers in this country.
But look a little closer at that number, and you can see that it's not quite what it seems. Most of those farmers are not actually making a living by farming.