Research Corner: Census of Agriculture
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April 26, 2019
By Melissa Mata, CML municipal research analyst
In April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, last completed in 2012. The 2017 data dives into information ranging from size and value of farms to the age, gender, and military status of farmers and ranchers.
Nationwide, there has been a small decline in the number of farms as well as the acreage of farmland in the past five years.
The average age of producers, defined as someone involved in making decisions for the farm operation, is 57.5 years, up 1.2 years from 2012.
• Estimated market value of land and buildings: $1,315,440 ($1,608 per farm)
• Estimated market value of machinery and equipment: $4,559,965,000 ($117,337 per farm)
• Market value of agricultural products sold: $7,491,702,000 ($192,623 per farm)
• Crops: $2,238,862,000
• Livestock: $5,252,840,000
• Cattle and calves are 53.3 percent of total sales
• Average net cash farm income: $29,669