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Paul is now part of the fourth generation in America that is involved in farming and hopes the next generation will be involved also. Through his blog he provides analysis and insight to farmer tax questions.
I had previously posted on the 2007 Ag Census for those counties in the US that exceeded $1 billion in annual farm sales. In that census, there were 20 counties in the US with sales in excess of $1 billion and almost all of them were in California. Six other states had counties in excess of $1 billion, but no state had more than two counties.
The recently released 2012 Ag census now indicates there are 29 counties in the US with sales in excess of $1 billion and Texas now has four of them and instead of six states other than California, there are now 10 states. The leader again with almost $5 billion in annual sales is Fresno County in California. This county actually has more ag sales than 23 other states. All of these counties on their own would have greater sales than 15 other states.
Here is a listing of all counties with sales in excess of $1 billion for 2012:
Sales (in 1,000s)
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