Ag Census details changes across nation

The number of farms in the United States declined by nearly 100,000 in a recent period, according to the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The census showed that farms in this country dropped 4.3 percent, going from 2,204,792 in 2007 to 2,109,363 in 2012.

The report also revealed the following information:

* Between 2007 and 2012, the amount of land in farms in this country declined from 922 million acres to 915 million acres. The decline of less than one percent was the smallest decline between censuses since 1950.

* In 2012, the average farm size was 434 acres, an increase of 3.8 percent from the average farm of 418 acres in 2007.

* Middle-sized farms declined in number between 2007 and 2012. The number of large (1,000 plus acres) and very small (1-99 acres) farms did not change significantly in that time.

According to the report, a farm is ‘any place from which $1,000 of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.’

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