Now that the 2002 Census of Agriculture is complete, there's plenty of data to weed through. Here are some highlights:
There are 2,128,982 farms, which is 0.7% of the U.S. population. Each of these farms serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to 134 people, every day of the year.
Gross sales from farms in 2002 were $200,646,355,000 and their production expenses came to $173,199,216,000. They put 86% of their gross sales back into the farm.
There were 938,279,056 acres in farms and 434,164,946 acres of cropland, of which 302,697,252 acres were harvested.
The estimated value of land and buildings on farms is $1,144,905,925,000, (yep, that's $1 trillion) averaging $537,832/farm and $1,213/acre.
For more information, go online to: www.usda.gov/nass/, then click on “Census of Agriculture.”