NEWS
Farmers Are Older; Farms Bigger
Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor
Thu Feb 20, 2014 04:47 PM CST

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- The average U.S. farmer got older. The average farm got bigger. The number of mid-sized farms declined, but large and small operations held steady, USDA reported in the release of the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture.

"We talk about the changing face of American farmers," National Ag Statistic Service statistician Virginia Harris said in reference to the name of the session at USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum this week. "Well, apparently there are a few more wrinkles on that face."

The average farm principal operator, still much more likely to be male than female, is 1.2 years older ...

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