January 24, 2020

Ag Census; Ag and Food Economy; Sec. Vilsack; House Ag Committee Hearing; and Trade Issues

2007 Census of Agriculture

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its 2007 Census of Agriculture yesterday.

A news release issued yesterday by USDA provided a broad overview of the report, which is conducted every five years, and stated that, “The number of farms in the United States has grown 4 percent and the operators of those farms have become more diverse in the past five years, according to results of the 2007 Census of Agriculture released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).”

The release added that, “The 2007 Census counted 2,204,792 farms in the United States, a net increase of 75,810 farms. Nearly 300,000 new farms have begun operation since the last census in 2002. Compared to all farms nationwide, these new farms tend to have more diversified production, fewer acres, lower sales and younger operators who also work off-farm.”

The latest census figures show a continuation in the trend towards more small and very large farms and fewer mid-sized operations. Between 2002 and 2007, the number of farms with sales of less than $2,500 increased by 74,000. The number of farms with sales of more than $500,000 grew by 46,000 during the same period,” USDA said.