When Americans talk about farmers what do they mean?
In Britain a 'farmer' is someone who either owns the land that he or she works, or is the tenant of the land. It is the person who decides what crops to grow and has overall management of the enterprise.
People who work the land as employees of the farm are known variously as farm workers, agricultural labourers, or simply employees.
I have the sense that when Americans talk about farmers they mean something wider than we do. Is that the case?