MONTPELIER (AP) -- The latest census of U.S. agriculture shows that the number of farms in Vermont and the number of acres used for farming are increasing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2012 census found that there were 7,338 farms in Vermont, up from 6,984 in 2007, the last time the census was conducted. The census did not distinguish the kind of farms.

In 2007, there were 1.23 million acres being used in farming in Vermont. In 2012 the figure had gone up to 1.25 million acres.

The size of farms between 10 and 49 acres increased about 21 percent, from 1,862 in 2007 to 2,258 in 2012.

And the market value of products produced by Vermont farms went up from about $673 million to about $776 million.


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