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The USDA released its preliminary “2012 Census of Agriculture” report on Thursday, and though the full report has not yet been released, it offers a snapshot of America’s farmers and ranchers.
“The preliminary data released today provide a snapshot of a strong rural America that has remained stable during difficult economic times,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release.
Low points in the report include a 4.3 drop in the number of the nation’s farms. In 2007, there were 2.2 million farms reported across the country. By 2012, this number had dipped to 2.1 million. A drop in the number of farms was reported across 34 states.