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Fewer Farms in Del., But Higher Production Value

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- A new census of American agriculture shows that the number of farms in Delaware has declined over the past five years, while the value of crops and livestock they produce has increased.

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the number of farms in Delaware declined from 2,546 in 2007 to 2,457 in 2012.

Meanwhile, the value of Delaware farm products rose from slightly more than $1 billion in 2007 to a record $1.28 billion in 2012. Livestock, poultry and related products accounted for two-thirds of the total value, despite a slight dip in market value from five years ago.

The value of crop production more than doubled to $429 million, which state officials attributed in part to high commodity prices in recent years.

2012 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE: DELAWARE HIGHLIGHTS

Number of farms: 2,457
Land in farms: 508,654 acres
Average farm size: 207 acres
Market value of agricultural products sold: $1,283,472,000
Market value of crops: $429,323,000
Market value of poultry and livestock: $854,149,000
Male farm operators: 2,012
Female farm operators: 445
Number of farm operators whose primary occupation is farming: 1,571
Average age of farm operator: 58.4 years

The full census data is available at: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov.

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