United States lost 11,630 farms in 2012

United States lost 11,630 farms in 2012

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greene guy

Lyman, SC

#1 Mar 3, 2013
WICHITA, Kan.(AP) The United States now has nearly 2.2 million farms after losing 11,630 farms last year, according to a government report released Tuesday.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service's annual snapshot of farms also pegs the total land in U.S. farms at 914 million acres. That is 3 million acres fewer acres than last year. The average farm size is 421 acres.
critic

Johnson City, TN

#2 Mar 3, 2013
So what?
country boy

Johnson City, TN

#3 Mar 5, 2013
critic wrote:
So what?
Where do you think they grow the food ?
critic

Johnson City, TN

#4 Mar 5, 2013
country boy wrote:
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Where do you think they grow the food ?
The farms in question were swallowed up/bought by big farming conglomerates. The conglomerates obviously cannot/will not acreage that does not turn a profit. Facts provided by initial entry but no consequences/results of the farm situation as described provided. Question still stands--so what?
country boy

Johnson City, TN

#5 Mar 6, 2013
critic wrote:
<quoted text>The farms in question were swallowed up/bought by big farming conglomerates. The conglomerates obviously cannot/will not acreage that does not turn a profit. Facts provided by initial entry but no consequences/results of the farm situation as described provided.
Question still stands--so what?
Just how many of those conglomerates do you see in Carter County or greene County? Most of these are family farms that are being turned into subdivisions. Thousands of acres of farm land are lost each year development.
critic

Johnson City, TN

#6 Mar 6, 2013
country boy wrote:
<quoted text>
Just how many of those conglomerates do you see in Carter County or greene County? Most of these are family farms that are being turned into subdivisions. Thousands of acres of farm land are lost each year development.
The original statement was not specific to eastern Tennessee, but you have an excellent point!
spring

Sedalia, NC

#7 Mar 6, 2013
This is very sad. I love living and working on our farm. Its very hard to make a profit anymore. I hope and pray my grandchildren and so on has food to eat. I hope everyone wakes up very soon!
critic

Johnson City, TN

#8 Mar 6, 2013
spring wrote:
This is very sad. I love living and working on our farm. Its very hard to make a profit anymore. I hope and pray my grandchildren and so on has food to eat. I hope everyone wakes up very soon!
No offense intended, nor criticism, but the fact of sales of family farms to large farming conglomerates and developers was taught in schools 50 years ago!

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