Farm Statistics by State

USDA Report: State Fact Sheets

State fact sheets provide information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the United States. Links to county-level data are included when available. (Data last updated on December 9, 2010.) Select a State or the U.S. summary:

Washington Oregon Idaho Montana North Dakota Minnesota California Nevada Utah Arizona Wyoming Colorado New Mexico South Dakota Iowa Nebraska Kansas Wisconsin Michigan Illinois Missouri Oklahoma Texas Arkansas Louisiana Indiana Ohio Kentucky Tennessee Mississippi Alabama Georgia Florida South Carolina North Carolina Virginia District of Columbia West Virginia Pennsylvania Maryland Delaware New Jersey Rhode Island Massachusetts Connecticut Vermont Maine New Hampshire New York Hawaii Alaska

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In the News

  1. The compromise tax bill will extend the ethanol subsidy for one year at 45 cents per gallon while also retaining the 54-cent tariff on imports of the biofuel. The legislation also will revive the $1-a-gallon subsidy for biodiesel that expired at the end of 2009 retroactively back to January 1. (Kalpas note: No compromises there!)
  2. Today’s WSJ opinion piece: “The Farm Belt Boom – Land prices are soaring. Is this another Fed asset bubble?“. One problem I had with this article was that they described a utopian rural region because of high farmland and commodity prices. Much of the Midwest’s social fabric, culture, and professionals (including large animal veterinarians) are gone. It is no utopia even with the high prices. For proof, see the next two articles.
  3. The NYT’s did a story about a dying town in Nebraska that lies within a 50-mile radius of the farm on which I grew up. This paints an accurate picture of what industrial monocultures are doing to the human fabric of the Midwest, a story that continues to amaze me. Small Nebraska Town Reclaims Its Identity With a Sign… The highway now bypasses the people of Hooper, Neb. – population 827, more or less – but they refuse to be missed, raising a collective hand…
  4. “The farmers’ and ranchers’ share of the food dollar has continued to shrink, decade after decade. If current trend lines continue, in another 20 years the farm and ranch share of the consumer dollar would reach zero.” … (I)n 1980 there were over 1.3 million ranches and farms with cattle across the country. Today, fewer than 950,000 are still in operation. In 1980 there were over 666,000 hog farms but according to the last USDA Hogs and Pigs Report that number has declined by approximately 90% to fewer than 67,000. The Center for Rural Affairs has, for nearly 15 years, pointed out that these ever-increasing gaps between retail food prices and farm- and ranch-gate prices is due in the largest part to unchecked concentration and vertical integration of the production of crops, livestock, dairy and virtually all other agricultural products. [source]
  5. Beekeepers ask EPA to remove Poncho pesticide from market
  6. Smithfield reports record results
  7. From the Economist: Vertical farming – Does it really stack up? Agriculture: Growing crops in vertical farms in the heart of cities is said to be a greener way to produce food. But the idea is still unproven.
  8. Altered Corn Slowly Takes Root in Mexico [WSJ]
  9. Part of Australia has a resurgence of feral cattle problems where it used to be feral donkeys.
  10. Treehugger: Sustainable Cabin is Homage to Thoreau and Le Corbusier
  11. Purdue Economist: Climate change could reshape crop agriculture
  12. Study: Food aid wasted on shipping costs
  13. TODAY’s BONUS: If you caught my recent news item saying “Male readers won’t be sorry for visiting this UK Calendar photo shoot story” the British blog, “Field Day” is at it again. They claim, “I don’t want you to think this is smutty blog. It’s not like that at all. We’ve just had a run of semi-clothed and naked people.” Ummmm, yeah….. They seem to be coming up with more and more calendar fundraisers showing naked people on farms. Right after the aforementioned article was “Never too brrrr! for a bikini“. Then, we got “Beware Rope Burns” (this one’s for the ladies). And, finally, the most recent post, “Naked Newcastle” (something for everybody). This last post features some calendar photos here and here for the guys and here and here for the ladies.

Investment Vehicles for Investing in Farmland

To follow, is a loosely formed list of farmland investment vehicles from the U.S., Canada, South America, and global:

  1. Farmland LP (sustainable farmland in the U.S.)
  2. NGP Global Adaptation Partners (Mark Zenuk, managing director)
  3. Black River Asset Management, part of the U.S. agri-business giant Cargill (Rich Hammill, managing director)
  4. Macquarie Crop Fund — (Carlos Aguiar, chief executive)
  5. Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management — (Tim Hornibrook)
  6. Agro Terra (Mark McLornan, chief executive) – Argentina
  7. Assiniboia Farmland Ltd. Partnership (Canada)
  8. International Farming Corp. (Mary McNairy)
  9. AgriCura (Gary Taylor) U.S.
  10. Optima Fund Management (Executive Managing Director Tom Gimbel) – Optima intends to list its American Farmland Co REIT in the next three to four years
  11. Gladstone Land Corp, a REIT focused on agricultural properties, on Nasdaq under the symbol “LAND.”
  12. Emergent Asset Management (David Mirrin) – 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  13. InvestAg Savills (Henry Wilkes CEO)
  14. Terra Firma Capital Partners
  15. Agrotrust (
  16. Hancock Agricultural Investment Group
  17. Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners (Shonda Warner, CEO)
  18. Insight Investment (Ms. McBride)
  19. SLC Agricola SA (CEO Arlindo de Azevedo Moura) Brazil
  20. Warakirri Agricultural Trust
  21. Agman Group
  22. Sustainable Agricultural Fund
  23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  25. Black Earth Farming Ltd.
  26. UBS AgriVest LLC.
  27. Cresud Inc.
  28. AgCapita Partners, Calgary
  29. Bonnefield Financial Inc., Toronto
  30. Pike Management Group, Calgary
  31. One Earth Farms Corp.
  32. HAIG – U.S.
  33. Limoneira Company (LMNR)
  34. Alico, Inc (ALCO)
  35. J.G. Boswell Company (BWEL.PK)
  36. Agrifirma
  37. Spearhead International
  38. Westchester Group
  39. African AgriLand Fund
  40. BrasilAgro
  41. Brown & Co.
  42. Blackrock

Note that this is the sixth of my November farmland report series, the previous ones are linked below.

November 2010 Reports to date: