Final 2012 Census of Agriculture data released

Final 2012 Census of Agriculture data released

The USDA has released more data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The final report has been published online and is broken down into a U.S. summary, state data, county data and specialty crops. Puerto Rico results are expected next month. The USDA has also created infographics illustrating the results.

Highlights from the new data release include:

22% of all farmers were beginning farmers in 2012. That means 1 out of every 5 farmers operated a farm for less than 10 years.

70% of all farms in the U.S. had internet access in 2012, up from 56.5% in 2007, but there is more work to be done to expand internet access in rural America.

Farmers and ranchers continue to lead the charge towards a more sustainable energy future. 57,299 farms reported using a renewable energy producing system in 2012. That's more than double the 23,451 operations that reported the same in 2007. Solar panels accounted for 63% of renewable energy producing systems on farms, with 36,331 farms reporting their use.

Read more Ag Census highlights from the USDA.

2012 Ag Census infographics

U.S. Agriculture production

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