In the ag census, small farmers count
Look at the Census of Agriculture and you can learn a lot about farming in Iowa. When the last census was done in 2007, the average farm was 331 acres and worth more than a million dollars. The US Department of Agriculture updates that information every 5 years and is getting ready to send out new surveys in a few weeks. One trend to watch for is the growing number of small farms. As Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports, they’re easy to miss and some would rather not be counted.