Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

June 2004


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 06/16/2004. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


With the June 2, 2004 release of final numbers of the 2002 Agricultural Census, we gain a new benchmark of production agriculture and the trends underway.1 While there are many interesting aspects to observe, one of the most striking features is the magnitude of the production concentrated among the larger production units, and the momentum of this trend over time. Nebraska is not a state of some 49,000 farms of similar size and function, but rather one of farm size extremes.