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U.S. farm numbers in 2010 show little change from 2009

In its most recent report, USDA estimated the number of U.S. farms last year at 2.2 million, virtually unchanged from 2009. Total land in farms, at 920 million acres, increased 100,000 acres from 2009. The average U.S. farm size is 418 acres, unchanged from the previous year.

Farm numbers and land in farms are broken down into five economic sales classes. Farms and ranches are classified into these “sales classes” by totaling their sales of agricultural products and government program payments. Sales class breaks occur at $10,000, $100,000, $250,000 and $500,000.

Farm numbers increased slightly in the $1,000-$9,999 and $500,000 and over sales classes. Higher commodity prices and larger value of sales contributed to changes in the number of farms within these sales classes. Farm numbers increased 0.1 percent, to 1.23 million farms, in the $1,000-$9,999 sales class. Meanwhile, the number of farms in the $500,000 and over sales class increased by 1.6 percent, to 126,720 farms.



In its most recent report, USDA estimated the number of U.S. farms last year at 2.2 million, virtually unchanged from 2009. Total land in farms, at 920 million acres, increased 100,000 acres from 2009. The average U.S. farm size is 418 acres, unchanged from the previous year.

Farm numbers and land in farms are broken down into five economic sales classes. Farms and ranches are classified into these “sales classes” by totaling their sales of agricultural products and government program payments. Sales class breaks occur at $10,000, $100,000, $250,000 and $500,000.



Farm numbers increased slightly in the $1,000-$9,999 and $500,000 and over sales classes. Higher commodity prices and larger value of sales contributed to changes in the number of farms within these sales classes. Farm numbers increased 0.1 percent, to 1.23 million farms, in the $1,000-$9,999 sales class. Meanwhile, the number of farms in the $500,000 and over sales class increased by 1.6 percent, to 126,720 farms.


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