The USDA has released more data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The final report has been published online and is broken down into a U.S. summary, state data, county data and specialty crops. Puerto Rico results are expected next month. The USDA has also created infographics illustrating the results.
Highlights from the new data release include:
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.
70% of all farms in the U.S. had internet access in 2012, up from 56.5% in 2007, but there is more work to be done to expand internet access in rural America.
Farmers and ranchers continue to lead the charge towards a more sustainable energy future. 57,299 farms reported using a renewable energy producing system in 2012. That's more than double the 23,451 operations that reported the same in 2007. Solar panels accounted for 63% of renewable energy producing systems on farms, with 36,331 farms reporting their use.
2012 Ag Census infographics
U.S. Agriculture production