NASS Land and Land in Farms Report Colorado
The National Agriculture Statistics Service has released a few reports on the state of farming in Colorado.
Among them is the Land and Land in Farms Report. Bill Meyer is the director of the Mountain Region Field Office. Every year the Service takes an estimate of farms and land by state and by size or sales class.
“In Colorado in 2020, we estimated that there are 38,800 farms, up 100 farms from the 2019 estimate. Total lands in Colorado were estimated at, 31.8 million acres, which was unchanged from the 2019 estimate. The average size of farms was 820 acres, compared to 822 acres the previous year. “
AT the US level we estimated that there were 2,019,000, down 4,400 farms from 2019. The number of farms in all sales classes declined. In 2020, 51.1 percent of all farms had less than $10,000 in sales and 81.5 percent of all farms had less than $100,000 in sales. In 2020, 7.4 percent of all farms had sales of $500,000 or more.
Total land in farms, at 896,600,000 acres, decreased 800,000 acres from 2019. In 2020, 30.1 percent of all farmland was operated by farms with less than $100,000 in sales, while 40.8 percent of all farmland was operated by farms with sales of $500,000 or more. The average farm size for 2020 is 444 acres, unchanged from the previous year. Average farm size increased in the $250,000 - $499,999, $500,000-$999,999, and $1,000,000 or more sales classes and remained unchanged in all others.
The biggest change for 2020 is that producers in Sales Class $10,000 - $99,999 operated 550,000 fewer acres than in 2019.