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Good News and Bad

The USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture has good and bad news for Montana versus 2002.

  • Good: Number of farms is up 6%
  • Good: Land in Farms is up 3%
  • Bad: Average farm size is down 3%farmshow
  • Very Good: Market value of production is way up 49%
  • Bad: Average age of farmers is up 57.8 years compared to 55.7 in 2002
  • Good: 63 % of farms have internet access
  • Bad: Cost of farming is up, gas, fertilizer, livestock, etc.
  • Good: Value of land and buildings more than doubled to $47.6 billion.
  • Good? Number of acres in apricots more than doubled, from 6 to 15.
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