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Preview USDA's Ag Census Data
Number, Acreage, and Size of Farms
The average number of farms between 2007 and 2012 has decreased 4.3%. In addition, the number of acres has decreased as well, by .8%. However, the average farm size has increased 3.8%.
Value of U.S. Crop Sales
Since the first time since 1974, the average value of livestock sold has exceeded the amount of crops sold in 2012.
Value of Ag Products Sold by Farms
Up 33% from 2007, as of 2012 the value of agricultural products sold by farms in the U.S. is nearly $400 billion.
Total Acres of U.S. Farms
Down less than 1% from 2007, the total land of U.S. farms in 2012 is 915 million acres. What does that mean? That's more than four times of all America's natural forests.
Ag Sales on U.S. Farms
In 2012, 75% of U.S. farms had agricultural sales totaling less than $50,000. That amount is down 3% from 2007.
Age Group of Farm Operators
The age group with the highest number of farmers ranges from 55-64 years with a steady decline for older farmers. The number of farmers aged 25-34 years has increased from 2007.
Following a 30-year trend, the average age of the U.S. farmer is 58.3 years old.
Number of Minority Farm Operators
The number of minority farm operators has increased 12% since 2007. Also, the number of Hispanic operators has increased 21% as well.
The number of farms that gross between $50,000 and $999,000 remains fairly steady between 2007 and 2012. The number of farms that gross less than $50,000 is still high.
Sex of Operator
The number of female operators has had a decline and continues to follow the trend.
Source: USDA Nass, 2012 Census of Agriculture, Preliminary Report