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Agricultural Statistics - 2017 Census of Agriculture, Released April 12, 2019
Raleigh, NC, April 12, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) North Carolina office today announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture with new information about 46,418 farms and ranches and those who operate them, including first-time data about on-farm decision making, down to the county level. “For the first time, the Census report will also include information on military service, food marketing practices and on-farm decision making. Capturing the roles and the changing makeup of the farming community will provide insights to agricultural trends helping guide decisions about farm programs, rural development and much more over the next several years.” said Dee Webb, NASS North Carolina State Statistician. “This information and much more is available in many online formats including a new data query interface, as well as the traditional data tables.”


The 2017 Census of Agriculture data show the following key trends for North Carolina.
• The average age of North Carolina principal operators increased from 58.9 in 2012 to 58.1 in 2017.
• Number of Farms in North Carolina decreased from 50,218 in 2012 to 46,418 in 2017.
• North Carolina Land in Farms remained unchanged at 8.4 million acres.
• In 2017, the Total Value of Agricultural Products Sold was $12.9 billion, a 2% increase from 2012.
• Livestock Sales accounted for $9.2 billion of the Total Value of Agricultural Products Sold while Crop Sales accounted for $3.7 billion.
• North Carolina cropland harvested remained unchanged at 4.4 million acres.