Agriculture Online Multimedia Editor
There are more farms in the U.S. than there were five years ago. It's the first time that's been the case in the last six decades.
That's just one of the key findings of the 2007 USDA Agriculture Census, the results of which were released Wednesday.
"There was no surprise in the 2007 Ag Census that U.S. agriculture has grown since the last count was made in 2002. But a major surprise was the fact that the number of farms has increased, reversing a 60-year trend," says Stu Ellis of the University of Illinois Extension Farm Gate. "The typical farmer is growing older, but has more sales. The commodity farms that produce corn, beans, cattle and hogs have declined in number to make way for farms producing vegetables, fruits, aquaculture and specialty animals."