The number of farms in the
The 2007 census counted 2,204,792 farms in the
In the past five years,
"Through the census, we're able to take the aspects of agriculture that make it most unique — the numbers and the people — and incorporate them into the most accurate profile possible of
"The Census of Agriculture is far more than a tally of numbers. It's a reflection of the people — and their livelihoods — behind those numbers.”
The latest census figures show a continuation in the trend toward more small and very large farms and fewer mid-sized operations. Between 2002 and 2007, the number of farms with sales of less than $2,500 increased by 74,000. The number of farms with sales of more than $500,000 grew by 46,000 during the same period.
Census results show that the majority of
In addition to looking at farm numbers, operator demographics and economic aspects of farming, the Census of Agriculture delves into numerous other areas, including organic, value-added and specialty production, all of which are on the rise.
The 2007 census found that 57 percent of all farmers have Internet access, up from 50 percent in 2002. For the first time, in 2007, the census also looked at high-speed Internet access. Of those producers accessing the Internet, 58 percent reported having a high-speed connection.
Other "firsts" in the 2007 census include questions about on-farm energy generation, community-supported agriculture arrangements and historic barns.
The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, is a complete count of the nation's farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation.
The number of farmers may have increased since 2002, but the American Farmland Trust notes that the amount of farmland decreased by 16.2 million acres. That’s a loss of 2 acres every minute in the
AFT called attention to their “9 for 09” campaign this week, an effort that encourages President Obama to adopt nine farm and food policy recommendations to keep