South Dakota

The number of farms in South Dakota in 1999 is estimated at 32,500, unchanged from the previous three years, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture's South Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service Feb. 18, 2000.

This is down 7% from 35,000 farms ten years ago and 17% from 39,000 farms twenty years ago. Total land in farms, at 44 million acres, is also unchanged from a year ago; as is the average farm size, at 1,354 acres.

By sales class, there were 7,000 farms in the $1,000 to $9,999 size group, unchanged from 1998; 15,300 farms in the $10,000 to $99,999 size group, unchanged from a year earlier; and 10,200 farms in the $100,000 and over sales group, also unchanged from last year.

The number of farms and ranches raising livestock during 1999 totaled: 21,000 raising cattle, 17,000 raising beef cows, 1,700 dairy operations, 2,700 hog operations, and 2,500 operations raising sheep.

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