The total number of U.S. farms, and acres in farms, declined in 2016, per USDA’s yearly survey on such trends. Joe Parsons, with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, talks about the figures released last week in their annual look at the total number of farms, and land in U.S. farms, along with some of the trends from the 2016 survey.
The number of farms in the U.S. for 2016 is estimated at 2.06 million, down 8 thousand farms from 2015. Total land in farms, at 911 million acres, decreased 1 million acres from 2015. The average farm size for 2016 is 442 acres, up 1 acre from the previous year. To see more numbers from this report click here.