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If you’re looking for some interesting reading after a tough day, click on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statisti…

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ONTARIO — The 2017 Census of Agriculture is out and the number of acres of farmland in Oregon had declined from the census done in 2012, but the number of small farms is up, said Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor.

FREEPORT, Ill. — Understanding commodity markets is a challenge for farmers. “Farmers try to understand the markets, they get advice from people and they make the best decisions they can, but part of the reality is we will never fully understand the markets,” said Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension dairy field specialist.

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GALENA, Ill. — Resiliency is a characteristic that can be developed. “In agriculture especially, we have this idea that people who are gritty or find a way to push through have that characteristic within them — you either have it or you don’t,” said Laura Daniels, Hitch Pin Consulting strategist.

The number of American farms has fallen since 2012, reflecting both a long-term trend and hard times in the ag industry. But farmers are generating more money from livestock, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.