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The Changing Demographics of Farming

Dan Census of Agriculture, General

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released more information from the 2017 Census of Agriculture that is broken down by race, ethnicity, and gender. The national, state, and county-level data profiles highlight the changing demographic of agriculture.  The data lists a total of nearly 71,000 farms throughout the state of California. 

More than 42,000 of those farms have female producers, farming on nearly 11 million acres of land.  The profile also noted that a few more than 11,000 farms have Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish producers, which account for approximately one-fifth of the total market value of agricultural products sold for the year.  The report also showed that the average farm size was 167 acres for the more than 4,600 Asian producers.  California farms with American Indian or Alaska Native Producers totaled more than 2,100, with an average farm size of 285 acres.

Listen to the report below.

The Changing Demographics of Farming
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