The 2007 Census for Ag was released last week. It shows the number of U.S. farms has increased the last five years, but small and large farms are squeezing out midsized operations. Some of the results include:

  • Number of farms – 2.205 million in 2007 compared to 2.130 million in 2002.
  • New farms tend to be smaller and more diverse.
  • In 2007, 125,000 farms produced 75% of the value of U.S. ag production compared to 144,000 farms in 2002.
  • Average farm size declined to 418 acres in 2007 compared to 441 acres in 2002.
  • Harvested cropland (total) – 309.608 million acres (2007) vs. 302.697 million acres (2002)
  • Products sold (average per-farm market value of products) – $134,807 (2007) compared to $92,245 (2002).
  • 30% more women as principal farm operators.
  • 10% increase in Hispanic operators.
  • Average farmer’s age was 57.1 years in 2007