Ag Census shows slight drop in number of farms

Des Moines, Iowa – Information released from the 2017 Census on Agriculture shows the number of Iowa farms dropped, while their size increased.  Chris Berg reports.

The USDA’s census shows the number of farms in Iowa dropped by 2.9 percent to 86,104. The average size of the farms increased by the same percentage to 355 acres.

The data shows the value of agricultural products sold by Iowa farmers totaled 29 billion dollars — which was down 6 percent from the 2012 survey. Crop sales were down 20 percent to 13.8 billion dollars, while livestock sales were up 12 percent to 15.1 billion dollars.

Iowa second in the nation for total value of ag products and livestock sold in 2017 with Iowa’s crop sales ranking third highest.  Farmers spent a total of 23.5 billion dollars on production expenses in 2017, down one percent from 2012.

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