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Ag census shows boom in farm sales as number of farms decreases
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:28 AM EST
American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined.
The survey, taken every five years and released Thursday, shows some growth in nontraditional elements of agriculture. While the industry is still overwhelmingly white, there's a rise in the number of minority-operated farms.
And there are more farms in New England and many states in the Mountain West, while that number has declined in many states in traditional farm country.