The U.S.D.A.’s census shows the number of farms in Iowa dropped by 2.9% to 86,104. The average size of the farms increased by the same percentage to 355 acres. The data shows the value of agricultural products sold by Iowa farmers totaled $29 billion — which was down 6 percent from the 2012 survey. Crop sales were down 20 percent to $13.8 billion, while livestock sales were up 12 percent to $15.1 billion.
Iowa is second in the nation for total value of ag products and livestock sold in 2017 with Iowa’s crop sales ranking third highest. Farmers spent a total of $23.5 billion on production expenses in 2017, down one percent from 2012.