Small farms are disappearing


Last updated 3/28/2024 at 9:01am

Farm numbers across the U.S. are dwindling and the mountain states are no exception.

Our country lost 7% of farms from 2017-2022, and all of the mountain states were above the national average. As a farmer in the region, I understand the stress of this profession, and if our country continues on its current trajectory our region's agricultural future looks bleak – more consolidation and less food security.

From 2017-2022, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming all experienced a decrease in the total number of farms. Wyoming saw the largest decrease at 12% of farms, totaling 1,394 farms in the...

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