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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.

The Billion Dollar Counties

Jan 15, 2012

Every five years the USDA performs an agricultural census of the farms in the US.  The last census was performed in 2007 with this year being the next census.  We have already seen some of the census forms received by our farm clients.

We were curious how many counties in the US had more than $1 billion in farm sales in 2007.  We accumulated the list as follows:

State

 

County

 

 Total Value

California

 

Fresno

 

             3,730,546

California

 

Tulare

 

             3,335,014

California

 

Kern

 

             3,204,147

California

 

Merced

 

             2,330,408

California

 

Monterey

 

             2,178,470

California

 

Stanislaus

 

             1,820,564

California

 

San Joaquin

 

             1,564,354

California

 

Kings

 

             1,358,410

California

 

Ventura

 

             1,316,315

California

 

Imperial

 

             1,290,253

California

 

San Diego

 

             1,054,182

California

 

Riverside

 

             1,012,041

         

Colorado

 

Weld

 

             1,539,072

         

Iowa

 

Sioux

 

                112,144

         

North Carolina

 

Sampson

 

             1,196,332

North Carolina

 

Duplin

 

             1,176,272

         

Pennsylvania

 

Lancaster

 

             1,072,151

         

Texas

 

Deaf Smith

 

             1,148,359

         

Washington

 

Yakima

 

             1,203,806

Washington

 

Grant

 

             1,190,191

As you see, California was the most dominant state with twelve counties exceeding $1 billion in farm sales.  California also had a couple of other counties that were very close to the billion dollar level.

Only two other states had at least two counties (1) North Carolina and (2) Washington. 

Our guess is that this list will easily double in the next census to come out later this year.  Several states had at least two to four counties there were in excess of $750 million of farm sales and with the current high prices,we would guess this will push those counties over the $1 billion mark.

We will keep you posted on how the next census numbers end up. 

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