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Number of Farms Dropping in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --
   A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of farms in Iowa has fallen but the total land farmed in the state has remained stable.
   The Census of Agriculture, a report released every five years, says the number of Iowa farms fell 4.5 percent to 88,631 in 2012 from 92,856 in 2007. The report released Thursday updates a wide range of agricultural statistics as of 2012.
   The average size of a farm grew to 345 acres from 331 acres. Land farmed in the state declined by just over 130,000 acres to 30.6 million acres.
   The average age of an Iowa farmer increased to 57 from 56.
   The value of Iowa's agricultural products rose 50 percent to $30.81 billion from $20.41 billion in 2007.

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