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Feb. 26, 2024 |  By: Jeremy Werner

2022 Census of Agriculture released


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture in Missouri.

According to the census, Missouri saw a decline in the number of farms and ranches, down 7.8% from 2017 to 87,887 establishments. However, the average farm size increased by 5.8% , now standing at 308 acres, on 27 million acres of total farmland, a 2.7%  decrease from 2017. In terms of production, Missouri farms and ranches generated $14.7 billion in agricultural products, reflecting an increase from $10.5 billion in 2017.

Notably, the census shows a rise in internet access among Missouri farms, climbing from 72.5% in 2017 to 75.9% in 2022. Direct sales to consumers also increased, with 3,215 farms generating $35 million in sales, a 15% rise from 2017.