The 2007 Census for Agriculture found the number of U.S. farms is growing, but small and large farms are squeezing out midsized operations. Other statistics include:

• Number of farms – 2.205 million in 2007 compared to 2.130 million in 2002.
• 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 are principal farm operators.
• Average farmer’s age was 57.1 years in 2007.

Clarification:

In February issue coverage of the 2008 BEEF Quality Summit, “Mating & Managing,” speaker Alan Sears failed to credit Bob Weaber, University of Missouri Extension beef genetics specialist, as a source of research in his presentation. Sears acknowledges and apologizes for his unintentional oversight.