Some of the data collected in the 2002 agricultural census is now available, helping illustrate U.S. agriculture’s demographics.
· Average age of U.S. agricultural producers in 2002 was 55.3 years old.
· 27.2 percent of producers were women in 2002. The number of women as principal operators increased by 12.6 percent from 1997.
· Principal operators of Spanish, Hispanic or Latino origin increased by 50.8 percent from 1997 to 2002.
· Black principal operators increased by 8.8 percent, and American Indian principal operators increased by 19.4 percent from 1997 to 2002.
· 90 percent of America's agricultural operations are still run by individuals or families and most are still small farms. Fifty nine percent of operations had less than $10,000 in sales of agricultural products in 2002.
Final 2002 Census of Agriculture data at the national, state and county levels will be released on June 3, 2004. For more details and complete reports as they become available, go to: www.usda.gov/nass/