USDA: Number of Farms Decrease, Acres Increase For Fifth Year

February 23, 2018 10:47 AM
The USDA released its annual Farm and Land in Farms Summary.

There are an estimated 2.05 million farms in the U.S. in 2017. While that number might look daunting, there was a decrease of 12,000 farms from 2016.

The 2017 Farms and Land In Farms Summary from the USDA shows the land in farms declined 1 million acres from 2016 to 910 million acres.

According to the USDA, “land in farms” is described as land used for crops, pasture or grazing that is owned and operated or rented. Land used for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is also included in the measurement.

The average farm size has been steadily increasing since 2012 while the number of farms has decreased. In the report, the average farm size increased by two acres to 444 acres per farm.

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