LUBBOCK (February 20, 2014) While the number of farms in Texas grew slightly over the last five years, the number of acres under production dropped slightly, according to the preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The report provides estimates on the number of farms, how many acres are farmed, the number of farmers and their average age and other statistics.
The report, issued every five years, is used in evaluating and implementing agriculture policies and programs.
The report says Texas leads the nation with 248,810 farms, up from 247,437 operations in 2007.
Farmland covers about 130.2 million acres in Texas, a negligible drop from about 130.4 million acres in 2007.
The average age of a Texas farmer rose from 58.9 to 60.1.