Number of Nebraska Farms Decreases in 2016

Number of Nebraska Farms Decreases in 2016 February 17, 2017

The number of farms and ranches declined during 2016, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of farms and ranches in the state, at 48,400 was down 300 farms from 2015.

Numbers of farms and ranches with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales declined 900 farms from a year earlier, while operations with more than $100,000 increased 600 farms from 2015.

Land in farms and ranches in Nebraska totaled 25.2 million acres, unchanged from 2015. The average size of operation, at 934 acres, was up six acres from a year earlier.

Nationally, the number of US farms was estimated at 2.06 million for 2016, down approximately 8,000 farms from 2015. Total land in farms, at 911,000,000 acres, decreased 1 million acres from 2015. Average farm size increased by one acre.

For more on the national perspective see Farms and Land in Farms: 2016 Summary, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

USDA NASS chart of farm size for 2016Source: Farms and Land in Farms: 2016 Summary, published by USDA NASS