The 2017 Census of Agriculture launched Thursday exhibits the quantity of the whole land dedicated to agricultural use continues to say no within the U.S. and the variety of farms is declining.
In line with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there have been 2.04 million farms and ranches within the U.S. in 2017, down greater than three% from 2012. It stated the land dedicated to agriculture declined by about 2% to 900.2 million acres from 914.5 million acres in 2012.
“We had excessive ranges of acreage within the 1980s, after which we ended up placing away 25 million to 30 million acres into the Conservation Reserve Program,” mentioned Joseph Glauber, a senior analysis fellow on the International Food Policy Research Institute and a former chief economist on the USDA.
The census reveals the standard measurement of farms in 2017 was 441 acres, barely above 434 acres within the 2012 census. The report indicated 96% of farms and ranches within the nation are household-owned.
Additionally, it exhibits there have been about 273,000 small farms, of 1-9 acres, in 2017, representing only 0.1% of all farmland within the U.S. It added that 85,127 large farms, of 2,000 or additional acres, made up practically 60% of total farmland.
There have been 76,865 farms making $1 million or above in 2017 and one other 1.56 million operations producing below $50,000. Out of the overall worth of manufacturing of $389 billion in 2017, two-thirds of it got here from farms making $1 million or extra.
Lastly, the typical age of agriculture producers was 57.5 in 2012, up 1.2 years from 2012. The most recent census additionally indicated 36% of all producers are feminine.