Agricultural Resources Facts and Statistics

Statistics on agriculture in Massachusetts

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Current Statistics

Statistics by County

There are 7,755 farms in Massachusetts working on over 523,000 acres to produce $492 million in agricultural products.  The average farm produces $63,470 of agricultural products on just 68 acres.  Massachusetts farms provide employment to nearly 28,000 workers in the Commonwealth.While nationally the U.S. witnessed a decline in agriculture from 2007 to 2012, Massachusetts was one of the few states that experienced a 1% growth in both number of farms and acres in farmland.  

At nearly $48 million, the state ranks 5th in the nation for direct market sales and 3rd in the nation for direct market sales per operation.  Direct market sales account for 10% of the state’s total sales of agricultural products.

Massachusetts ranks 6th in the nation for number of farms with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); a 95% increase since 2007.  Over this same time period the state saw growth in agri-tourism sales of 127%.

80% of Massachusetts farms are family owned. 95% fit the category of “small farms” according to the USDA definition of sales below $250,000.  

The average age of a Massachusetts principal operator is 57.8 years old.  Female farmers represent 32% of all principal operators; a 10% increase since 2002.

Agricultural land preservation, environmental conservation, energy efficiency and business planning are some of the keys to the future viability of our Massachusetts agricultural enterprises.

Source: 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture 

pie chart of cash receipts in agriculture