Indiana ranks seventh nationally for crops sales according to the newly released USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service 2012 Census of Agriculture. Indiana ranked 2nd among the states with cropland planted to a cover crop. The Hoosier state is also in the top ten for value of all agricultural products sold. The U.S. total is $395 billion, a 33 percent increase from the last census.
“Sales are concentrated in certain pockets across the United States, particularly the Midwest, the mid Atlantic area,” said NASS Statistics Division Director Hubert Hamer. ” California continues to dominate with nearly $43 billion, showing a 26 percent increase, followed by Iowa at $30.8 billion and down the line with Indiana rounding out the top ten at $11.2 billion.”
Indiana was number 10 in the last census too, and it realized a nearly $3 billion increase from the 2007 census. But Hamer explained production expenses also rose nationally, and at a higher rate than sales.
“I want to contrast production expenditures with the value of ag products sold. It comes in at 36.4 percent above the prior census. That indicates it is rising at a higher rate than the value of ag products sold.”
NASS Acting Administrator Joseph Reilly said family ownership of farms is stable in the new census.
“Family ownership still is the predominate trend in the country with around 87 percent of all the farms in this country still being family owned and operated, and that has stayed relatively stable from the last census.”
The number of Hoosier farms dropped by 2,243, going from 60,938 in 2007 to 58,695 in 2012. Land in acres dropped by almost 53,000, and the average age of the principal Indiana operator rose .8 to 55.8 years.
Indiana operators that reported on-farm renewable energy producing systems totaled 2,397, ranking the state 5th.
State statistician Greg Matli says Indiana farmers again ranked near the top in response rate, tied for 5th with the 83 percent response rate.
New and expanded data in this census includes the renewable energy production and Internet access. See the breakdown at https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/, and hear more from Matli by listening to the HAT audio report.
From Indiana NASS:
Friday at noon the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2012, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.
“The 2012 Census of Agriculture provides a wide range of demographic, economic, land, and crop and livestock production information as well as first-time or expanded data,” said Greg Matli, State Statistician. “Many of these data about Indiana and our counties are only collected and reported as part of the every-five-year census.”
The 2012 Census of Agriculture data show the following key findings for Indiana:
*Cropland planted to a cover crop (excluding CRP) with 596,062 acres.
*Indiana ranked 2nd among the states with cropland planted to a cover crop.
*Irrigated harvested cropland at 436,004 acres.
*2,397 farms reported renewable energy producing systems.
*Indiana ranked 5th among the states with renewable energy producing systems.
“I would like to thank all of the operators who responded to the Census of Agriculture because without their input this level of detailed data down to the county level would not be possible” Matli said.
Number of Indiana Farms: 2012, 58,695; 2007, 60,938; change: -2,243
Land in Farms (acres:) 2012, 14,720,396; 2007, 14,773,184; change: -52,788
Average Age of Principal Operator in Indiana: 2012, 55.8; 2007, 55.0; change: +.8
For more information about the Census of Agriculture including all the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results, and tools to access and share the data, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.