POSTED: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 6:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 12:32am
Tyler--A new agricultural census shows the number of farms is growing.
Every five years, the census of agriculture counts farms and ranches across the country that shows the condition of American farming. According to census officials, more than third of the country's farms are residential or lifestyle farms.
The 2007 census showed a 4% increase in farms across the country, and the number jumped 8% in Texas. Since farming is usually generational, it is surprising that the number of farms is growing.
Whitehouse citizen Nick Gibbons thinks people are scared of the contaminents in their produce and the foreign lands they're coming from.
Others say the economy is leading people to start their own farms.