Farming By the Numbers

This, from the 2012 Agriculture Census

$19.5 billion
was the total value spent on seeds by U.S. farmers in 2012,
up 66% from 2007

95.5 million
no-till acres were reported by producers in the U.S. for 2012.
That’s more than the entire land area of Nebraska and Missouri combined

$115,706
is the average value of all machinery and equipment on a U.S. farm in 2012,
up 31% from 2007

1/3
of the value of agricultural sales in the U.S. was for grains and oilseeds

3.2 million
is the number of farm operators in the U.S. in 2012.
That’s more farmers than the entire population of Iowa.

40%
of all U.S. land is in farms,
and farmland is most heavily concentrated in the middle of the U.S.

50%
of all lamb consumed in the U.S. is produced domestically.

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