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States that have lost the most farms since 2000

  • 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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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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