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Report: Number of ND farms drops, size increases

- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A new federal report shows North Dakota saw a small drop in its number of farms during the last five years, while the size of the average farm increased slightly.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the Census of Agriculture Thursday. It is based on 2012 data.

The report states the average number of farms in North Dakota in 2012 was 30,961. That's down 3 percent from the 2007 census.

But the average size of a farm at 1,268 acres is larger compared to the previous census. That's up 2 percent or about 27 acres larger than the average in 2007.

The service portrays the average North Dakota farmer as 57 years old.

The census is issued every five years. It's used in evaluating and implementing agriculture policies and programs.

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