Number of Nebraska Farms and Ranches Drops in 2017

Number of Nebraska Farms and Ranches Drops in 2017 February 16, 2018

The number of Nebraska farms and ranches declined in 2017, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. At 47,400, it was down 1,000 farms from 2016.  Numbers of farms and ranches in Nebraska with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased 700 farms from a year earlier while operations with more than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased 300 farms. Land in farms and ranches in Nebraska totaled 45.2 million acres, unchanged from 2016. The average size of operation, at 954 acres, was up 20 acres from a year earlier.

The number of farms in the United States for 2017 is estimated at 2.05 million, down 12,000 farms from 2016. Total land in farms, at 910 million acres, decreased 1 million acres from 2016. The average farm size for 2017 is 444 acres, up 2 acres from the previous year.

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