Georgia continues to loose small and midsize farms, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census of Agriculture. Over the past five years 1,500 small and medium size farms have gone out of business, but there is good news – small “micro-farms” are increasing across the state.
While the number of small and mid-size farms has dropped, micro-farms, between one and nine acres, have increased to more than 4,500. That’s up from about three thousand in 2012. Micro-farms are generally food-producing enterprises from one to five acres.
Poultry and egg farms ranked number one in the state and country for total sales with nearly $5.4 billion. Peanut and hay crops came in at number two.
Gary Black, commissioner of the state’s department of agriculture, said overall, he’s pleased by the data, but farmers here still need help recovering from Hurricane Michael. “I really am troubled to see what these numbers will be five years from now,” Black said.
Congress has failed to pass a multi-billion-dollar relief package in the aftermath of the storm.