Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Fun Farm Facts

From Michigan Ag Census Data released in early 2009:


Farm employment totaled 86,000, with a total payroll of $607 million.

Nearly 80% of Michigan farms are less than 180 acres; 3.5% are greater than 1,000 acres, and 1% are greater than 2,000 acres. (Hint: we fall in the 80%)

There are approximately 3,000 additional farms, primarily small operations, compared to 2002.

The top commodity sectors in Michigan are grains, oilseeds, and dry beans; milk and dairy products; and nursery, floriculture and greenhouse.

Agri-tourism approached $23 million on 645 farms.

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