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February 11, 2011

Farm Numbers Remain Unchanged

(COLUMBIA, MO) - The number of farms across the United States landscape remained virtually unchanged in 2010 at 2.2 million farms, according to the annual Farms and Land in Farms Report issued by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. While the farm numbers remained constant, the acreage in farms increased about 100,000 acres nationwide to 920 million acres. Farms are defined as ‘any place from which $1000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold during the year’, a definition which has remained unchanged since 1974.

“Missouri farm numbers and acreages remained unchanged during 2010, holding at 108,000 farms while encompassing 29.1 million acres,” said Gene Danekas, Director of Missouri’s Agricultural Statistics Service. The makeup of the farms by economic category found a few more very small farms under the $10,000 sales level with a decrease in farms that sold between $10,000 and $100,000 worth of agricultural products.

Farm operations with livestock saw a greater change as U.S. operations with cattle declined 1.2 percent to 742,000 while operations with dairy cattle declined to a record low 62,500, a decrease of 4.0 percent. Hog operations also declined nationwide to 69,100, a decrease of 3.3 percent from the previous year.

For the complete report, visit the USDA-NASS website at www.usda.gov/nass.