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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 05/29/14

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of farms and ranches in North Dakota declined in 2013.  The department tallied 30,800 farms and ranches last year, 200 farms fewer than in 2012.
 
     Land in farms and ranches totaled 39.3 million acres last year. The average size of operation was 1,276 acres, up 8 acres compared to 2012.
 
     The department says the number of farms and ranches with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales declined by 1,200 compared to 2012, while operations with more than $100,000 increased by 1,000.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The latest edition of the North Dakota Local Food Directory is out and the state's agriculture commissioner says interest in local products is continuing to grow.
 
     The Department of Agriculture says the directory lists more than 160 farmers markets, roadside stands and home delivery options around the state that offer locally-sourced products. North Dakotans can find locally-grown fruits and vegetables, jams and meats, among other things.
 
     Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the demand for locally-grown food is growing in North Dakota and nationally and says local farmers are responding.
 
     Copies of the directory will be available at libraries, local chambers of commerce and county extension offices. Those interested can also contact the Department of Agriculture.

 

   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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