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2012 Census Highlights

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Family Farms: 97 percent of U.S. farms are family owned

Wheat Farming: A $15.8 billion industry, up 48 percent since 2007

Soybean Farming: A $38.7 billion industry; 10 percent of total U.S. agriculture sales

Sorghum Farming: Sales up 7 percent since 2007; production for grain and silage both down

Corn Farming: A $67.3 billion industry, 17 percent of total U.S. agriculture sales

Aquaculture: Results from the 2013 Census of Aquaculture

Cattle Industry: A $76.4 billion industry, 19 percent of total U.S. agriculture sales

Sheep and Goat Farming: 94 percent of farms are family or individually operated

Poultry and Egg Production: A $42.8 billion industry, 11 percent of total agriculture sales

Cotton and Cottonseed Farming: Production down 13 percent, sales value up 25 percent, since 2007

Irrigation: Results from the 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey

Farm Land and Buildings: Real estate values continue to increase; per farm value up 36 percent

Dairy Cattle and Milk Production: A $35.5 billion industry, 9 percent of U.S. agriculture sales

Farms and Farmland: Numbers, acreage, ownership, and use

Women Farmers: Control 7 percent of U.S. farmland, account for 3 percent of sales

Hispanic Farmers: Up 21 percent since 2007; were 3 percent of U.S. farmers in 2012

Black Farmers: Up 12 percent since 2007; most live in southern states

Asian Farmers: Up 21 percent since 2007; sold $5.2 billion in agricultural products in 2012

American Indian Farmers: Two thirds specialized in livestock production

Farmers Marketing: Direct sales through markets, roadside stands, and other means
up 8 percent since 2007

Conservation: Producers protect or improve millions of acres of agricultural land

Beginning Farmers: Characteristics of farmers by years on current farm

Hog and Pig Farming: A $22.5 billion industry, up 25 percent since 2007

Farm Demographics: U.S. farmers by gender, age, race, ethnicity, and more

Farm Economics: Record high agriculture sales; income and expenses both up


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Modified: 03/17/2015