DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is mirroring a national trend of declining farms even as the value of crops and livestock increases.
A five-year federal census of America's agriculture released Thursday finds Michigan had about 52,000 farms in 2012 — down 7 percent from 2007. The state also saw a decrease in small farms and an increase in large farms.
The census says the number of farms decreased in 34 states. There were 2.1 million U.S. farms in 2012, down 4 percent from 2007.
The survey also found the market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products rose in Michigan as well as the country.
The nation saw a small rise in younger farmers, while the number held steady in Michigan. Both experienced a drop in middle-age farmers.