The U.S. Census of Agriculture showed that farm sizes are growing, while the overall number of farms diminished by 3.2%. In total, there are 2,042,220 farms in the U.S. This accounts for 900,217,576 acres of land.
Of the farmland in the U.S. 30% is dedicated to oilseeds and grains, or 16% of all U.S. farms. Cattle and dairy use 44% of farmland and account for about 34% of all farms. Fruits, vegetable and nursery crops are only 9% of farms and use just 3% of farmland.
While farms are decreasing, and land dedicated to farming, states are still jockeying for the title of No. 1 farm state. One winner stood out by a landslide, with places two through 10 coming in a little closer to their respective leader. Can you guess the winner?
With 68,822 farms, this northern state rounds out the bottom of the top ten list.
The Volunteer State boasts 69,983 farms.
While it might be surprising to see California so low on the list, remember the farm sizes are large. California houses 70,651 farms.
The state often is the No. 1 corn growing state, or at the least No. 2, however with only 72,651 farms it ranks seventh in the nation by this metric.
Kentucky does more than just race fast horses, it hosts 75,966 farms, too!
The Buckeye State has 77,805 farms of varying disciplines.
Cowboys, wheat and 78,531 farms call this western state home.
The Hawkeye State, home to pigs, corn and, of course, farmers! With 86,104, Iowa joins the top three states with the greatest number of farms.
In Missouri, the Show-Me-State, you have to prove it before the citizens will believe it. With 95,320 farms, it shows the state ranks high, but still falls behind the No. 1 spot.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the number of farms. With 248,416 farms, it more than doubles the second place state, thus safely securing its No. 1 rank for the foreseeable future.