Census: Number of Nebraska farms declines in last five years

The latest Census of Agriculture for Nebraska says the number of farms in the state has dropped 7% from five years earlier. 

The U.S. Agriculture Department said in a news release Thursday that there were more than 46,300 farms in Nebraska during 2017.

They covered 45 million acres (18.2 million hectares) – down 1% from the 2012 census. The average farm in 2017 had 971 acres (393 hectares), compared with 1,035 acres (419 hectares) five years earlier.     

The department report says the total value of agricultural products sold in 2017 was $22 billion, down 5% from 2012.

The report also says 58% percent of the value was in livestock and 42% in crops. Average net income per farm in 2017 was more than $87,800 – down 19% from 2012.     

The department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts the census every five years.

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