The report from the USDA finds that between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms in Nebraska rose to nearly 50-thousand, an increase of almost 5%. Nationwide, the number of farms fell during that time by more than 4%.
The report, called The Census of Agriculture, is released every five years.
It found the size of Nebraska’s farms shrank, from around 950 acres to just over 900. The amount of land farmed in Nebraska also fell by about 148,000 acres.
Lastly, it found the average age of a farmer remains 55.