Friday, February 21, 2014

2012 US Census of Agriculture data released

The US Census just released the numbers from the 2012 US Census of Agriculture.  Here is the Census' highlights document:

Download 2012 US Agriculture Census Highlights

The scoop:  number of farms down, size of farms up, number of new farmers down, average age of farmers up, value of agricultural sales up, but most small farmers need off-farm income to survive.  In other words, it appears industrial agriculture is doing fantastic.  The rest of the farming world is doing kind of "meh."

Stephen R. Miller

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