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When, What and Why - Census of Agriculture? Every 5 years Complete count of U.S. farms & ranches & people who operate them Looks at land use & ownership,

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2 When, What and Why - Census of Agriculture? Every 5 years Complete count of U.S. farms & ranches & people who operate them Looks at land use & ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income & expenditures and many other areas

3 Conducting the Census 3.2 million on the list 97,000 online responses 85.2 percent response rate

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6 What is a Farm? Any place where $1,000 of agricultural products were produced & sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. Government payments are included.

7 Farm Numbers 2,204,792 farms & ranches 4% more than 2002

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10 Top States 1.Texas 2.Missouri 3.Iowa 4.Oklahoma 5.Kentucky 1.California 2.Texas 3.Iowa 4.Nebraska 5.Kansas Top Producing County = Fresno County, California # of Farms Value of Production

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12 New Farms All FarmsNew Farms Percent of total 100%13% Average size418 acres201 acres Average sales $135,000$71,000 Sales & govt payments <$10,000 58%73% Average age of operator5748 Farming as primary occupation45%32%

13 Concentration of Production ,000 farms = 75% of value of production ,000 farms = 75% of value of production

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15 Demographic Changes Diversity has increased More women & minority operators More operators working off-farm Farmers continue to get older

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19 Internet Access 57% of all farms 58 percent of farms with Internet have high-speed access What might farmers use the internet for?

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21 New Data Collected in 2007 # of Farms Organic Production 20,437 Generated Energy On-Farm23,451 Marketed Through Community Supported Agriculture 12,549 Barns Built Prior to ,264

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