On Apr. 11, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Taken once every five years, the Census of Agriculture includes a complete count of all U.S. farms and farmers. It covers everything from sprawling operations to small family farms and urban vegetable gardens, as long as the business sells at least $1,000 worth of agricultural products in the census year. This census provides the most comprehensive source of agricultural data in the U.S and reveals important information about where the future of farming is headed.
Scroll through the slideshow to learn some of the most interesting statistics taken from the latest Census of Agriculture.
Size of Farms
Despite the decline in the number of U.S. farms since the previous census, the average farm size in the country grew from 434 acres in 2012 to 441 acres in 2017. This marked the largest growth in farm size since 2002.
Farms also grew in terms of the number of producers per farm. While the number of one-producer farms fell between 2012 and 2017, the number of farms with two or more producers grew.