The new U.S. Department of Agriculture census released April 11 shows mid-sized farms in Kentucky farms are on the decline.
The new USDA Census of Agriculture is based on data collected from farms across the country for the year 2017. That census is done very five years, so the 2017 state-by-state data is compared to previous statistics from 2012.
David Knopf is regional director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service based Louisville. He said the new census confirms a trend in Kentucky that the number of small and large farms are increasing, while those in the middle are disappearing.