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Indiana ag census mirrors national trends

The 2022 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms in Indiana is declining while farm size is increasing.

State statistician Nathanial Warenski tells Brownfield, “The mix of commodities has not changed a whole lot.” “The number of farms has decreased more than a little bit, down 4 percent to 53,599,” he says.

Along with the loss of more than 3,000 farms, Indiana has lost nearly 370,000 acres of farmland since 2017.  The average farm size increased by eight acres to 272 acres and the average age of farmers is increased modestly to 56 years old.

Warenski says the number of new and beginning farmers with less than 10 years of experience has increased, up 14 percent to 26,428.

“It appears that there are definitely more young farmers and definitely more new and beginning farmers from the two censuses,” he says.

The Census also found a slight increase in female-operated farms in the state.

The total value of ag production in the state increased by 64 percent over the five-year period to more than $18 billion.

Indiana was the nation’s largest producer of popcorn, gourds, and duck in 2022.  The state also ranks second in pumpkins, third for spearmint and turkeys, fourth for peppermint and soybeans, fifth for corn and hogs, sixth in eggs and watermelons, and tenth for maple syrup and hemp for floral production (CBD and other cannabinoid use).

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