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ORGANIC FARMER

Outlook

Overall, the number of U.S. farms is expected to continue declining through 2010. This is because smaller farms are being consolidated into larger agricultural concerns often owned by large corporations. But even these larger farms will need farmhands.

At the same time, small specialty farms that grow a particular crop are on the increase. With Americans’ growing interest in healthy, unadulterated foods, there should be a rising demand for organic farmers who work on, manage, or own small specialty farms.

Salaries for farmers vary greatly, from $20,000 to as much as $100,000 a year, depending on whether they work on a large or small farm, the kinds of crops they grow, and to whom they supply their products. As a beginning farmworker, or laborer, you can expect to earn about $11,000. An experienced farm manager can earn $40,000 to $140,000 or more.

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