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Missouri Farm Figures

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fit2btied

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An Associated Press article in our local paper gave some stats for Missouri farms from the 2002 Census by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. In 2002, MO had 107,000 farms - 4,000 less than in 1997. The average farm is 283 acres - up from 272 acres. Says 92% of MO farms are ran by individuals or families as opposed to corporations. Says the census confirms that Missourians must enjoy living on the farm as 58% of them have less than $10,000 in ag product sales per year. Says the average age of the MO farmer is now 56.1 years - up from 54.4 years in 1997 - national average is 55.3 years. As urban sprawl and life-in-the-fast-lane continue to take their toll on our farms, it's good to hear about the younger generation catching a bit of the farm fever - no matter how large or small!
 

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