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FARM OPERATOR CHARACTERISTICS

Are you male or female?

Frequency %
Male 266 77.6
Female 77 22.4
TOTAL 343 100.0
Nonresponses = 13

How old are you?

Age Frequency %
20-29 years 12 3.5
30-39 years 33 9.7
40-49 years 73 21.5
50-59 years 144 42.4
60-69 years 61 17.9
70 years or older 17 5.0
TOTAL 340 100.0
Mean age = 51.8
Nonresponses = 16

Which of the following categories best describes your ethnic background?

Ethnic Background Frequency %
White (not Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino) 318 94.6
Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino 10 3.0
Asian or Asian American 4 1.2
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 0.3
Multiple categories selected 3 0.9
TOTAL 336 100.0
Nonresponses = 20

Did your parents farm during any part of your childhood (age 0-18 years)?

Yes No
Parents farmed during childhood 56.2 43.8
Nonresponses = 11

How many years have you been involved in farming either as an owner, manager, or primary decision maker?

Years in Farming Frequency %
1-2 years 21 6.1
3-5 years 27 7.9
6-10 years 47 13.7
11-20 years 91 26.5
21-30 years 73 21.3
31-40 years 61 17.8
41 years or more 23 6.7
TOTAL 343 100.0
Mean years in farming = 21.1
Nonresponses = 13

What is the highest level of formal education that you have completed?

Highest Level of Education Frequency %
Some high school or less 13 3.8
High school diploma or equivalent 27 7.9
Some college, but no degree 79 23.2
Vocational or Extension certificate 10 2.9
Two-year college degree 36 10.6
Four-year college degree 106 31.1
Some graduate school 20 5.9
Graduate degree 50 14.7
TOTAL 341 100.0
Nonresponses = 15

Do you work at a regular off-farm job (full-time or part-time)?

Frequency %
Yes, I have a full-time off-farm job 62 18.4
Yes, I have a part-time off-farm job 51 15.1
No, I do not work off-farm 224 66.5
TOTAL 337 100.0
Nonresponses = 19

Are you a member of any of the following community-based groups?

Organizations Yes
(%)
No
(%)
Civic organization (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club, VFW, etc.) 16.2 83.8
Athletic/recreational group (bowling league, softball, etc.) 14.6 85.4
Educational/school group (PTA, band boosters, etc.) 15.9 84.1
Community government (town board, county board, etc.) 19.1 80.9
Church group (choir, church board, etc.) 30.7 69.3
Nonresponses ranged from 29 to 36

Are you a member of any of the following agriculture-related organizations?

Organizations Yes (%) No (%)
Farm Bureau 42.8 57.2
Washington Tilth Association 42.6 57.4
Product-specific growers’ association 26.9 73.1
Organic-specific growers’ association 25.6 74.4
Marketing cooperative 22.3 77.7
Farmers’ market association 20.2 79.8
Grange 14.9 85.1
Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network 11.4 88.6
Organic Trade Association (OTA) 5.5 94.5
Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group 2.2 97.8
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association 2.2 97.8
National Farmers Organization (NFO) 1.2 98.8
National Farmers Union (NFU) 0.9 99.1
Nonresponses ranged from 24 to 33

Do you hold a leadership position in one or more sustainable/organic agriculture organization(s)?

Yes (%) No (%)
Leadership position in sustainable/organic agriculture organization(s) 8.8 91.2
Nonresponses = 14

Do you hold a leadership position in one or more conventional agriculture organization(s)?

Yes (%) No (%)
Leadership position in conventional agriculture organization(s) 13.3 86.7
Nonresponses = 17

Are you currently living with a spouse or domestic partner?

Yes (%) No (%)
Live with spouse or domestic partner 87.9 12.1
Nonresponses = 16

For respondents who checked “Yes” . . .

Does your spouse or domestic partner work at a regular off-farm job?

Frequency %
Yes, she/he has a full-time off-farm job 98 34.2
Yes, she/he has a part-time off-farm job 60 20.9
No, she/he does not work off-farm 129 44.9
TOTAL 287 100.0
Nonresponses = 12

Do you currently have any children (age 0-18 years) living with you?

Yes (%) No (%)
Live with children 38.9 61.1
Nonresponses = 17

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