Rural communities shrink as farms grow

Rural communities shrink as farms grow

Rural communities shrink as farms grow

A University of Missouri rural sociology professor says a spike in farm sizes in the last 30 years has hurt rural communities.

Mary Hendrickson said rural communities are disappearing because of dramatic growth in farm sizes. She said as farms got larger, there was less need for smaller shops to get farming inputs at.

“As farms got larger and bought their inputs in different places, you didn’t have as many farmers, you didn’t have as many agricultural businesses there, you didn’t have the small processors there because they’re consolidated into these larger ones,” she said.