Raleigh – April 12, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) North Carolina office today announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture with new information about 46,418 farms and ranches and those who operate them, including first-time data about on-farm decision making, down to the county level.
Some key North Carolina highlights which include:
- Market Value of Agricultural Products Sold = $12,900,674,000
- Land in Farms – 8,430,522 acres
- Average size of farm – 182 acres
- Average age of farmers – 58.1
For the 2017 Census of Agriculture, NASS changed the demographic questions to better represent the roles of all persons involved in on-farm decision making. As a result, in 2017 the number of North Carolina producers was up 1.6 percent. Other demographic highlights include:
- Female producers increased by 22.7%
- 36% of producers under 35 years of age were involved in estate/succession planning
- 447 Asian producers had an average total value of production of $1,024,013
“Agriculture has a major impact on North Carolina’s economy, and I want to thank all of our farmers and producers that took the time to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture,” said Dee Webb, NASS North Carolina State Statistician. “They used their voice to help shape their future by taking the opportunity to tell their story.”
Results are available in many online formats including video presentations, a new data query interface, maps, and traditional data tables. All Census of Agriculture information is available at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.