According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) census released today, the U.S. lost farms and acres of farmland between 2007 and 2012. Although most states experienced a decline in number of farms, many gained farms and farmland. One surprise? The increase in desert states like Nevada and New Mexico, where popular specialty fruits and vegetables are now grown.
in the number of farms
An earlier version of this graphic mistakenly placed Oregon in the "fewer farms, more acreage" category based on an analysis later revised.
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