farmers who owned acres

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I have noticed they are a lot of farmers in America but is there or should there be a category or sub-category for farmers of x amount of acres

Just a thought as I have quite a few
in The Tree House by Steph Meredith G2G6 Mach 8 (82.2k points)
Perhaps a morph to century farms? A family that has owned a farm for a hundred years or more?

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Don't really think this would fly.  After all, if *you* have 'quite a few' - how many of the other 18 million profiles on WT could be included?  I think the category would be too general, and include too many.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Thanks Ros

Just another one of my random thoughts :)
I'm with you Ros - but, if for someone reason this was done, definitely make it above 640 acres, or at least above 160 acres. Due to the Homestead Act, it was extremely common to own that number of acres, depending on the region and time period of homestead claim filing.
Something definately to think about although I am not sure what the homestead act is to be honest sounds American :)

Yes, it's American.

From Wikipedia:

The Homestead Acts were several laws in the United States by which an applicant could acquire ownership of land, typically called a "homestead.” In all, more than 270 million acres of public land, or nearly 10% of the total area of the U.S., was given away free to 1.6 million homesteaders; most of the homesteads were west of the Mississippi River.

The land was surveyed into square mile sections - approximately 640 acres, and depending on the time and place most people received "full", "half", or most commonly, "quarter" sections, of 640, 320, or 160 acres, respectively. Later, in more fertile regions, it became common in some places for quarter section farms to be halved or quartered by private sales into 80 or 40 acre farms.

Thanks Thomas

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