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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Popular Progressive: More farms, less farmland according to ag census

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive

The latest National Agricultural Census Service census shows
small-scale farming operations are making a comeback. The number of
farms nationwide has increased 4 percent from 2.1 million farms to 2.2
million as farms have become more diverse in ownership and in
offerings. At the same time however, U.S. acres used for farmland in
2007 totaled 922 million acres. This is down 16 million acres from
2002 (a 2% drop). The NASS census shows that Iowa farms continue to
expand as an agricultural state with 2,201 new farms started between
2002 to 2007. However, the total amount of acreage for farming in Iowa
has declined by just under 982,000 acres, a 3% drop, since 2002.

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