Minnesota lost fewer farms in 2021
MINNESOTA — The loss of Minnesota farms appears to be slowing down.
Minnesota lost 100 farms from 2020 to 2021, the smallest loss in years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The total number of farms in Minnesota in 2021 was 67,400, down 100 farms from 2020, according to the agency's Farms and Land in Farms 2021 Summary report released Feb. 18.
Between 2017 and 2020, Minnesota lost 300 to 500 farms a year, the report said. That compares to an average loss of more than 900 farms a year since 2007, when the agency tallied nearly 81,000 Minnesota farms.
Minnesota lost 100 farms earning $10,000-$99,999 and 100 farms earning $1 million or more. It gained 100 farms earning $250,000-499,999, according to the report.
Total land in farms for Minnesota during 2021 was 25.4 million acres, about 1.5 million fewer acres than in 2007.