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Ag Census

The 2007 Census for Agriculture found the number of U.S. farms is growing, but small and large farms are squeezing out midsized operations.

The 2007 Census for Agriculture found the number of U.S. farms is growing, but small and large farms are squeezing out midsized operations. Other statistics include:

• Number of farms – 2.205 million in 2007 compared to 2.130 million in 2002.
• In 2007, 125,000 farms produced 75% of the value of U.S. ag production compared to 144,000 farms in 2002.
• Average farm size declined to 418 acres in 2007 compared to 441 acres in 2002.
• Harvested cropland (total) – 309.608 million acres (2007) vs. 302.697 million acres (2002).
• Products sold (average per-farm market value of products) – $134,807 (2007) compared to $92,245 (2002).
• 30% more women are principal farm operators.
• Average farmer’s age was 57.1 years in 2007.

Clarification:

In February issue coverage of the 2008 BEEF Quality Summit, “Mating & Managing,” speaker Alan Sears failed to credit Bob Weaber, University of Missouri Extension beef genetics specialist, as a source of research in his presentation. Sears acknowledges and apologizes for his unintentional oversight.