2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary results show growing farm economy

Author: Amy Volk | Posted: 2/20/2014

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014 –USDA today released the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture results.  Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33 percent ($97.4 billion) from 2007.  The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady. Additionally, agriculture is becoming more diverse.

A copy of the highlights can be found here. The full report, to be released in May 2014, will provide comprehensive data at national, state, and county levels on many additional aspects of American agriculture. Access the Preliminary Report, learn more about Census methodology, and find final results at www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Source: USDA Ag Census