TribLIVE

| State


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Report: Pennsylvania lost about 4,000 farms over 5 years

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 3:45 p.m.
 

HARRISBURG — A new federal report says Pennsylvania lost nearly 4,000 farms over a recent five-year period and the state's total farm acreage dropped by about 100,000.

The Census of Agriculture released Thursday found Pennsylvania had just over 59,000 farms that comprised 7.7 million acres in 2012.

The total annual market value of the state's agriculture products is about $7.4 billion. The average farm produces about $124,000 in products every year.

Most Pennsylvania farms are between 10 and 500 acres in size, but about 650 are at least 1,000 acres. The average farm size is 130 acres.

The survey says that about half of the state's 59,302 farm operators have another primary occupation outside of agriculture.

The average age of a Pennsylvania farmer is currently 56 years and getting older.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. Pennsylvania sued by U.S. over police fitness tests
  2. Construction of $500M power plant in South Huntingdon stalled
  3. Pennsylvania working to correct upgrade to welfare benefit applications
  4. Observers mixed on grid backup amid carbon rules, natural gas uncertainty
  5. Home sellers are able to remain mum about violent crimes committed there
  6. 2 charged with murder in fatal Philly carjacking
  7. Corbett, Wolf rush to counter flurry of attack ads
  8. Armed doctor’s actions in Philly shooting reinvigorates debate on gun-carry
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.