Agriculture Experiencing Boom

Despite the amount of farmland in the US decreasing, agriculture has experienced a boom when it comes to market values.

According to a new government survey, the number of US farms dropped to 2.1 million in 2012.

That's about a 4 percent drop from 5 years earlier.

However, some of the nation's bigger farms grew.

According to the survey, the average farm grew from 418 acres to 434.

The survey also shows some growth in non-traditional elements of agriculture.

While the industry is still mostly white, there has been a rise in the number of minority-operated farms.

Also, there are more farms in New England and many states in the mountain west, while the number has dropped in many traditional farming states.