Report: Fewer SC farms, more land in production

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new federal report finds that South Carolina has fewer farms but more farming land in recent years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday issued its preliminary Census of Agriculture report that comes out every five years.

The report shows that in 2012, there were almost 25,300 farms in the state. That's down about 600 from five years earlier.

The nearly 5 million acres of land in farming was up about 80,000 acres from five years earlier.

The average size of a farm is just under 200 acres.

The census found that the market value of farm products sold in the state is just over $3 billion.

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