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(SD)-Number Of South Dakota Farms Is Falling

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/09/2019 10:33 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The latest federal census of agriculture finds the number of farms in South Dakota dropped between 2012 and 2017.

     . According to the USDA's 2017 census, more than 43 million acres were operated as farms in South Dakota but with 2,000 fewer farming operations than in the last ag census in 2012. The biggest drop - some 1,850 farms - came in those between 10 and 1,000 acres.

      Nate Franzen, president of the Ag Banking Division at First Dakota National Bank, says there are several reasons why farming operations are going out of business including retirement, financial struggles, and better business opportunities in other fields.


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