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Nebraska 2007 Census of Agriculture shows farm numbers down


Data from the 2007 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms in Nebraska during 2007 was 47,712, down 3 percent from the 2002 Census of Agriculture, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Land in farms, at 45.5 million acres, was down 1 percent from 2002 while the average size of farm was 953 acres, up 2 percent, or 23 acres, from 2002. Market value of production was $15.5 billion, up 60 percent from 2002. The average value per farm was $325,000, compared to $197,000 in 2002. The number of farms with sales of $500,000 or more was 5,921, up from 2,824 in 2002.

"The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of the nation's farms and ranches and the people who operate them," said Joe Parsons, director of the NASS Nebraska Field Office. "It provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation."

During 2007, the average age of the principal operator was 55.9 years compared to 53.9 years in 2002. The number of female principal operators was 4,025, up 34 percent from 2002. The number of operators of Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino origin was 288.

"The Census helps illustrate growing trends throughout agriculture, both nationally and in Nebraska," said Parsons. "This is an exciting time for the entire agriculture community because the census is the voice of every farmer and rancher--regardless of size or type of operation."

Complete results of the 2007 Census of Agriculture, including first-ever numbers about on-farm energy generation, community-supported agriculture arrangements and historic barns are available at

Find agricultural statistics for your county, state, and the nation at


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