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Unrest in Farmland USA

Touch the Soil News #781 According to an Iowa State University Land Value Survey, the going price for an acre of farmland in Iowa was $419 in 1970. By 2016, an acre of Iowa farmland averaged $7,183 – an increase of 1,600 percent. Today, America has around 918 million acres of farmland. Of that amount 318 million is primary farm ground for crops – grain, potatoes, soybeans, vegetables and fruits. The remaining 600 million acres is pasture for livestock. According to the USDA, about 30 percent of farmland (275 million acres) is not owned by farmers, but by non-farmers renting it out. With the median age of the American farmer…

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Farmers Markets by the Numbers

Touch the Soil News #509 The bottom line is that farmers’ markets are continuing to grow according to the USDA. On average, over the past 20 years, the number of farmers’ markets in the U.S. have increased an average of 315 new markets every year (see Info Graphic below). Estimates are that sales at farmers’ markets in America will reach about $1.1 billion in 2016. The top five states with the most markets (from the bottom) are Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, New York and California as No. 1. Each year, different organizations list their top ten favorite farmers’ markets. While they vary each year, some of the top farmers’ markets in…

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