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Mixed Results from New Survey on Farming in Michigan

Feb 21, 2014

Michigan had a seven percent decline in farms from 2007 to 2012.  The U-S Department of Agriculture's farm survey found nationwide a four percent decline.  Overall Michigan declined from about 56,000 farms to just over 52,000 farms.

The amount of farmland however decreased by less than one-percent.  Jay Johnson is the director of the Great Lakes Region of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Johnson sees some other positives from the survey for Michigan farmers.   He notes a 51 percent increase in the market value of products sold.  That's despite weather issues in 2012 that decimated Michigan's Apple and Cherry crops. 

 Johnson says the trend remains a decline in medium sized farms while the state gains large farms of over 500 acres.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.