USDA: number of farms down in 2019
The number of farms in the United States declined from 2018 to 2019.
The USDA says the number of farms in the U.S. was estimated 2,023,400, 5,800 less than in 2018. The number of farms in the U.S. has been down every year since 2012. Farms earning between $100,000 and $499,000 were up on the year, while all other size farms were down. The USDA’s sales class breaks are at $10,000, $100,000, $250,000, $500,000, and $1 million. 51.1% of farms had less than $10,000 in sales, 81.5% had less than $100,000, and 7.4% had more than $500,000.
The amount of land in farms declined 2.1 million acres to 897,400,000 with the biggest drop in the $100,000 to $249,999 category.
The average farm size was up one acre from the previous year at 444.