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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Stastics Service issued its annual report on Farms in Land Report for 2016. We though you might like to see the data on California. It is important to note that USDA collects data based on six categories determined by amount of sales: < $10,000; < $100,000; < $250,000; < $500,000; < $1 mil and > $1 mil.

Here is what we have learned: California lost about 700 farms in the last year. The amount of land in agriculture remained the same, but the average farm size increased by 3 acres. Farm losses were concentrated in those with less than $250,000 in sales. There are no more farms in the in the four remaining sales tiers. The has been the trend for decades. Farms are get larger with more sales in order to survive.

Number of farms 2015: 77,400 vs 2016: 76,700, a loss of 700
Total acres in farm or ranch land: 2015: 25,400,000 vs 2016 25,400,000, remained the same.
Average farm size in acres 2015: 328 vs 2016: 331, increased by 3
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