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Final numbers of the 2012 Census of Agriculture released

(KTIV) The final numbers of the 2012 Census of Agriculture came out Friday.

Some of the highlights were that 22% of all farmers were beginning farmers in 2012. That means 1 out of every 5 farmers operated a farm for less than 10 years.

Nearly one million farms are operated by women... that's 30% of all farm operators in the U.S.
The number of latino farmers rose by 21% in America since 2007.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made this statement about the updated numbers"

"The Census results reiterate the continued need for policies that help grow the rural economy from the middle out. The data illustrate the power of USDA efforts to grow the economy and strengthen infrastructure in rural America, create new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers, and provide access to capital, credit and disaster assistance for producers of all sizes. The Census also shows the potential for continued growth in the bioeconomy, organics, and local and regional food systems. USDA will continue to focus on innovative, creative policies that give farmers, ranchers and entrepreneurs the tools they need to attract a bright and diverse body of talent to rural America."

For more Census data follow this link: Census of Agriculture
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