Slightly fewer farms in 2017


There’s fewer farmers working more land according to USDA’s latest count.

Ryan Cowen with the National Agricultural Statistics Service says in 2017 there were 12,000 fewer farms than the year before.  “That’s a decrease of just about a half a percent from the previous year.”

With just slightly more than two million farms in the U.S., Cowen says the majority tended to have smaller incomes.  “Farms in the smallest two sales classes, which represent those farms under $100,000 in annual sales, actually account for 80 percent of all farms in the U.S.”  And he says half of all farms had sales of less than $10,000.

Farms increased in size by about two acres on average.


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