Changes in Ohio's Farmland

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During the 50+ years since 1947, changes have occurred in the use of Ohio's farmland. The number of farms has declined to a little more than 1/3 of what it was just after the Second World War. The overall amount of acres of total land in farms has decreased also, but a little less than has the number of farms. Today, farmers still farm about 3/4 the acreage that they used in 1947. During the same time period, however, the average size of a farm has increased, almost doubling. Still, farmers have increased the amount of land devoted to some commodities, as they decreased the land used for others. Ohio's total farmland has changed in several ways in recent decades: land, livestock and crops.

Number of Farms

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Year Farms
1947215,000
1955175,000
1965100,000
197590,000
198582,000
199574,000

Land in Farms

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Year Acres
19472,000,000
19551,900,000
19651,800,000
19751,600,000
19851,500,000
19951,400,000

Average Size of Farm

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Year Acres
1954113
1959132
1964146
1969154
1974170
1978177
1982177
1992201