Tenure and Characteristics of Operations

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Item 2008 2003
Tenure of operator    
Number of farms operated by all operators 5,840 7,094
Number of acres 1/ 19,005 19,642
Number of cropland farms 5,650 7,014
Number of cropland acres 1/ 12,971 14,289
Number of full own, farms 5,650 6,984
Number of acres 18,651 19,158
Cropland farms 5,650 6,904
Cropland acres 12,971 13,927
Number of part own farms 16 77
Number of acres 79 412
Number of cropland farms 16 77
Number of acres 71 312
Number of tenant farms 174 33
Number of acres 275 72
Number of cropland farms 174 33
Number of acres 246 50
Operators by age group    
Under 35 years 457 607
35 to 44 years 1,186 1,716
45 to 54 years 1,729 1,791
55 to 64 years 1,302 1,686
65 years and over 1,166 1,294
Average age 53 52
Labor Status    
Paid labor, farms 251 225
Paid labor, workers 1,063 920
Less than 25 days, farms 82 53
Less than 25 days, workers 350 89
25 to 149 days, farms 82 79
25 to 149 days, workers 452 375
150 days or more, farms 103 148
150 days or more, workers 261 456

NOTE: 1/ Detail may not add to total due to rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Censuses