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U.S. agriculture data: More farms, less value in N.H.

Figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show an increase in the number of farms of New Hampshire, even as farmers earn less.

The Census of Agriculture reported 4,391 New Hampshire farms in 2012, compared with 4,166 in 2007, an increase of 5 percent. Nationally, the number of farms fell by 4.3 percent.

Small farms, those with fewer than 49 acres, were the only category to increase from 2007 to 2012. The smallest farms, from 1 to 9 acres, grew by 26 percent.

The market value of New Hampshire’s agricultural products fell from $199 million in 2007 to $190 million in 2012 while the average value per farmer dropped from $47,780 to $43,477.

New Hampshire farmers also got older: 57.8 years old in 2012 compared with 56.2 in 2007.

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