There are fewer farms across the Northern Plains, in-line with the national trend. That’s according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. There is a big decline in North Dakota farms. The state has more than 26,300 farms, down 15 percent from 2012. In South Dakota, there are fewer than 30,000 farms, down six percent. In Minnesota, there are just over 68,800 farms, down from 74,500 in 2012. The average size of farms continues to increase, also in-line with the national trend. An average North Dakota farm is 1,492 acres, up 18 percent. The average size of farms in South Dakota is 1,443 acres, up seven percent from 2012. The average size of a Minnesota farm is 371 acres, up from 349 acres in 2012.
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