[12 April/Bloomberg]

A Federal Census has been released which reveals that the number of female producers in the U.S has increased by 27 percent between 2012 and 2017. More women are now running the operation, and showing up in new markets for niche crops and organic produce. The average age of farmers increased 1.2 years over the same period to 57.5 years, with 74 percent living on their farms. As the farming community gets more gender diverse, the racial makeup remains largely white. Between 2012 and 2017, farms reporting net losses rose 1.2 percent to 1.15 million which is more than the number reporting net profits, which dropped 8.3 percent over the period to 891,000.