Thousands of acres of Del. farmland lost

February 5, 2009 5:35:03 AM PST
New data from the federal government shows farmland disappeared in Delaware at a rate of about 6,000 acres a year from 2002 to 2007. The loss represents more than 5 percent of the state's total farmland.

The figures were included in the most recent Census of Agriculture, released every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About 1.7 percent of the nation's total farmland disappeared during the five-year period.

Meanwhile, the report says Delaware's farms produced more than $1 billion worth of products in 2007, up 75 percent from 2002. Rising commodity prices are credited for most of the increase.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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