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States that have lost the most farms since 2000

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    States that have lost the most farms since 2000

    According to Farm Journal's AgWeb, between 1992–2012, the U.S. lost 31 million acres of farmland—about one-third of which is the richest in the country—due to the disproportionate effects urban expansion has on agricultural land. The report also revealed that 62% of all new residential and commercial development now occurs on farmland. Although 1992 signaled the beginning of the loss, much of the damage was done in the 21st century.

    Using data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Stacker ranked all 50 states based on the number of farms each has lost since 2000. For each state, Stacker listed the number of farms and average acreage for 2000 and 2017 as well as the difference between the two over that time period. Read on to see where your state is ranked on the list and to learn more about the status of each state’s farmland.

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    #51. Texas

    Number of farms in 2000: 226,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 240,000
    Difference: +14,000

    Average farm size in 2000: 575 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 540 acres
    Difference: -35

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    #50. Arizona

    Number of farms in 2000: 7,500
    Number of farms in 2017: 19,600
    Difference: +12,100

    Average farm size in 2000: 3,560 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 1,321 acres
    Difference: -2,239

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    #49. New Mexico

    Number of farms in 2000: 15,200
    Number of farms in 2017: 24,700
    Difference: +9,500

    Average farm size in 2000: 2,895 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 1,753 acres
    Difference: -1,142

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    #48. Colorado

    Number of farms in 2000: 29,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 33,800
    Difference: +4,800

    Average farm size in 2000: 1,090 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 941 acres
    Difference: -149

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    #47. Florida

    Number of farms in 2000: 44,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 47,000
    Difference: +3,000

    Average farm size in 2000: 234 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 201 acres
    Difference: -33

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    #46. Utah

    Number of farms in 2000: 15,500
    Number of farms in 2017: 18,200
    Difference: +2,700

    Average farm size in 2000: 748 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 604 acres
    Difference: -144

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    #45. Wyoming

    Number of farms in 2000: 9,200
    Number of farms in 2017: 11,400
    Difference: +2,200

    Average farm size in 2000: 3,761 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 2,649 acres
    Difference: -1,112

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    #44. Connecticut

    Number of farms in 2000: 3,900
    Number of farms in 2017: 6,000
    Difference: +2,100

    Average farm size in 2000: 92 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 73 acres
    Difference: -19

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    #43. Massachusetts

    Number of farms in 2000: 6,100
    Number of farms in 2017: 7,800
    Difference: +1,700

    Average farm size in 2000: 93 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 67 acres
    Difference: -26

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    #42. Maine

    Number of farms in 2000: 6,800
    Number of farms in 2017: 8,200
    Difference: +1,400

    Average farm size in 2000: 187 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 177 acres
    Difference: -10

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    #41. Hawaii

    Number of farms in 2000: 5,700
    Number of farms in 2017: 7,000
    Difference: +1,300

    Average farm size in 2000: 253 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 160 acres
    Difference: -93

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    #40. New Hampshire

    Number of farms in 2000: 3,100
    Number of farms in 2017: 4,400
    Difference: +1,300

    Average farm size in 2000: 135 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 107 acres
    Difference: -28

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    #39. Nevada

    Number of farms in 2000: 3,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 4,000
    Difference: +1,000

    Average farm size in 2000: 2,267 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 1,493 acres
    Difference: -774

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    #38. Rhode Island

    Number of farms in 2000: 700
    Number of farms in 2017: 1,240
    Difference: +540

    Average farm size in 2000: 86 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 56 acres
    Difference: -30

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    #37. Vermont

    Number of farms in 2000: 6,800
    Number of farms in 2017: 7,300
    Difference: +500

    Average farm size in 2000: 197 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 171 acres
    Difference: -26

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    #36. South Carolina

    Number of farms in 2000: 24,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 24,300
    Difference: +300

    Average farm size in 2000: 196 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 206 acres
    Difference: +10

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    #35. Alaska

    Number of farms in 2000: 580
    Number of farms in 2017: 760
    Difference: +180

    Average farm size in 2000: 1,586 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 1,092 acres
    Difference: -494

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    #34. Delaware

    Number of farms in 2000: 2,600
    Number of farms in 2017: 2,500
    Difference: -100

    Average farm size in 2000: 223 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 200 acres
    Difference: -23

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    #33. West Virginia

    Number of farms in 2000: 20,500
    Number of farms in 2017: 20,400
    Difference: -100

    Average farm size in 2000: 176 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 176 acres
    Difference: 0

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    #32. Idaho

    Number of farms in 2000: 24,500
    Number of farms in 2017: 24,300
    Difference: -200

    Average farm size in 2000: 486 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 490 acres
    Difference: +4

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    #31. Maryland

    Number of farms in 2000: 12,400
    Number of farms in 2017: 12,200
    Difference: -200

    Average farm size in 2000: 169 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 166 acres
    Difference: -3

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    #30. North Dakota

    Number of farms in 2000: 30,300
    Number of farms in 2017: 29,900
    Difference: -400

    Average farm size in 2000: 1,300 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 1,308 acres
    Difference: +8

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    #29. Montana

    Number of farms in 2000: 27,600
    Number of farms in 2017: 27,100
    Difference: -500

    Average farm size in 2000: 2,054 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 2,207 acres
    Difference: +153

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    #28. New Jersey

    Number of farms in 2000: 9,600
    Number of farms in 2017: 9,100
    Difference: -500

    Average farm size in 2000: 86 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 79 acres
    Difference: -7

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    #27. Pennsylvania

    Number of farms in 2000: 59,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 58,000
    Difference: -1,000

    Average farm size in 2000: 131 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 132 acres
    Difference: +1

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    #26. Michigan

    Number of farms in 2000: 52,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 50,900
    Difference: -1,100

    Average farm size in 2000: 200 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 195 acres
    Difference: -5

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    #25. South Dakota

    Number of farms in 2000: 32,500
    Number of farms in 2017: 31,000
    Difference: -1,500

    Average farm size in 2000: 1,354 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 1,397 acres
    Difference: +43

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    #24. New York

    Number of farms in 2000: 38,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 35,500
    Difference: -2,500

    Average farm size in 2000: 203 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 203 acres
    Difference: 0

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    #23. Louisiana

    Number of farms in 2000: 29,500
    Number of farms in 2017: 26,500
    Difference: -3,000

    Average farm size in 2000: 275 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 291 acres
    Difference: +16

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    #22. Alabama

    Number of farms in 2000: 47,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 43,600
    Difference: -3,400

    Average farm size in 2000: 191 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 204 acres
    Difference: +13

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    #21. Washington

    Number of farms in 2000: 40,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 35,700
    Difference: -4,300

    Average farm size in 2000: 393 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 412 acres
    Difference: +19

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    #20. Kansas

    Number of farms in 2000: 64,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 59,600
    Difference: -4,400

    Average farm size in 2000: 742 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 770 acres
    Difference: +28

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    #19. Virginia

    Number of farms in 2000: 49,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 44,300
    Difference: -4,700

    Average farm size in 2000: 178 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 183 acres
    Difference: +5

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    #18. Arkansas

    Number of farms in 2000: 48,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 42,300
    Difference: -5,700

    Average farm size in 2000: 304 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 322 acres
    Difference: +18

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    #17. Minnesota

    Number of farms in 2000: 79,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 73,200
    Difference: -5,800

    Average farm size in 2000: 362 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 354 acres
    Difference: -8

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    #16. Oregon

    Number of farms in 2000: 40,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 34,200
    Difference: -5,800

    Average farm size in 2000: 430 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 477 acres
    Difference: +47

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    #15. Ohio

    Number of farms in 2000: 80,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 73,600
    Difference: -6,400

    Average farm size in 2000: 186 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 190 acres
    Difference: +4

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    #14. Nebraska

    Number of farms in 2000: 54,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 47,400
    Difference: -6,600

    Average farm size in 2000: 859 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 954 acres
    Difference: +95

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    #13. Illinois

    Number of farms in 2000: 78,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 71,000
    Difference: -7,000

    Average farm size in 2000: 355 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 375 acres
    Difference: +20

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    #12. Indiana

    Number of farms in 2000: 64,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 56,800
    Difference: -7,200

    Average farm size in 2000: 242 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 259 acres
    Difference: +17

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    #11. Mississippi

    Number of farms in 2000: 43,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 35,800
    Difference: -7,200

    Average farm size in 2000: 258 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 299 acres
    Difference: +41

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    #10. Oklahoma

    Number of farms in 2000: 85,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 77,200
    Difference: -7,800

    Average farm size in 2000: 400 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 440 acres
    Difference: +40

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    #9. Iowa

    Number of farms in 2000: 95,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 86,900
    Difference: -8,100

    Average farm size in 2000: 345 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 351 acres
    Difference: +6

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    #8. Wisconsin

    Number of farms in 2000: 77,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 68,500
    Difference: -8,500

    Average farm size in 2000: 210 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 209 acres
    Difference: -1

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    #7. Georgia

    Number of farms in 2000: 50,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 40,900
    Difference: -9,100

    Average farm size in 2000: 222 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 227 acres
    Difference: +5

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    #6. North Carolina

    Number of farms in 2000: 57,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 47,800
    Difference: -9,200

    Average farm size in 2000: 161 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 169 acres
    Difference: +8

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    #5. California

    Number of farms in 2000: 87,500
    Number of farms in 2017: 77,100
    Difference: -10,400

    Average farm size in 2000: 318 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 328 acres
    Difference: +10

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    #4. Missouri

    Number of farms in 2000: 109,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 97,300
    Difference: -11,700

    Average farm size in 2000: 275 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 293 acres
    Difference: +18

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    #3. Kentucky

    Number of farms in 2000: 90,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 75,800
    Difference: -14,200

    Average farm size in 2000: 151 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 169 acres
    Difference: +18

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    #2. Tennessee

    Number of farms in 2000: 90,000
    Number of farms in 2017: 65,900
    Difference: -24,100

    Average farm size in 2000: 130 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 164 acres
    Difference: +34

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    #1. Total United States

    Number of farms in 2000: 2,172,080
    Number of farms in 2017: 2,048,000
    Difference: -124,080

    Average farm size in 2000: 434 acres
    Average farm size in 2017: 444 acres
    Difference: +10

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