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BIGGEST COST: Animal feed expense, the largest expenditure on Minnesota livestock and poultry farms, was down 11% in 2017, compared to 2016, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Minnesota farm expenditures dip 3% in 2017

Compared to 2016, feed expenses and farm services were down 11% and 12%, respectively.

Minnesota farm production expenditures totaled $16.7 billion in 2017, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Farm Production Expenditures Annual Summary report released by the Upper Midwest Regional Office.

This was down 3% from the 2016 total expenditures.

Animal feed expense, which decreased 11% to $2.40 billion, represented the largest single production expense in Minnesota in 2017, accounting for 14% of the total. Farm services were the second-largest expense, totaling $2.01 billion and 12% of the total.

The largest-percentage decreases were miscellaneous capital expenses (down 20%), rent expenses (down 13%) and animal feed expenses (down 11%).

In the 2018 Land Values Summary report also released by USDA NASS, Minnesota’s farm real estate value — a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms — averaged $4,700 per acre. This was down $50 per acre or 1% from last year’s level.

Cropland value, at $4,800 per acre, was unchanged from last year.

Pasture value remained unchanged from 2017, at $1,700 per acre.

Cropland cash rent paid to Minnesota landlords in 2018 averaged $167 per acre.

Nonirrigated cropland rent averaged $166 per acre, unchanged from last year. Irrigated cropland rent averaged $192 per acre, up $7 from 2017.

Pasture rented for cash averaged $31 per acre, up $1 from the previous year.

Source: USDA NASS Upper Midwest Regional Office


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