Number of farms declines by 8,000

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reports there were 2.06 million farms in the United States in 2016 in its Farms and Land in Farms 2016 report issued this month. The number of farms is down 8,000 from 2015.

Total land in farms decreased one million acres from 2015 to 911 million acres. The average farm size is 442 acres, up one acre from 2015.

Changes by farm sale The number of farms with sales of $250,000 to $499,999 increased while all other farms decreased. The majority of all farms, 80%, had less than $100,000 in sales, while 50% of all farms had less than $10,000 in sales. On the other end of the scale, 8% of all farms had sales of $500,000 or more.

Changes in the number of farms by sales size:

$1,000 to $9,999, 1.03 million farms, declined by 5,000 farms. $10,000 to $99,999, 621,000 farms, declined by 2,000 farms. $100,000 to $249,999, 145,000, declined by 400 farms. $250,000 to $499,999, 98,000 farms, increased by 400 farms. $500,000 to $999,999, 82,000 farms, declined by 500 farms. $1,000,000 or more, 82,000 farms, declined by 200 farms.

State by state

Texas has the most farms with 241,500. Rounding out the top 5:

Missouri, 96,800; Iowa, 87,000; Oklahoma, 78,100, and California, 76,700. Texas has the most land in farms with 129,800,000 acres. Rounding out the top 5:

Montana, 59,700,000; Kansas, 45,900,000; Nebraska, 45,200,000 and South Dakota, 43,300,000.

The average farm size ranges from 56 acres in Rhode Island to 2,612 acres in Wyoming.

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