Number of farms in the U.S. 2000-2018

In 2018, there were just over two million farms in the United States. However, the number of farms has been steadily dropping since the year 2007, when there were about 2.2 million farms in the United States.

U.S. farms

The average size of farms in the United States was the smallest it had been since the year 2000. As the number of farms in the United States decrease, the average size of farms increases. Texas, the largest state in the contiguous United States, also contains the highest number of farms, at 248 thousand in 2018.

Organic farming in the United States

The United States has over two million hectares of organic agricultural land as of 2017. In that same year, organic food sales in the United States amounted to over 40 billion euros, making it the largest market for organic food worldwide. In 2016, the number of certified organic farms in the United States reached 14,185, up from about 12,800 farms in 2015.

Total number of farms in the United States from 2000 to 2018*

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Sources

Release date

April 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* The farm definition was changed in 1993 to include maple syrup, short rotation woody crops, and places with 5 or more horses. A farm is any establishment from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were sold or would normally be sold during the year. Includes some accounting for individual farms on reservation land in Arizona and New Mexico from 1998 forward.
This statistic was assembled from several USDA annual statistics reports.

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