Updated:NORTH CAROLINA —
A new study shows as farmers start to retire, younger farmers are forced to take over larger plots of land.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture takes the Farm Census every five years.
The study shows the average size of a North Carolina farm has grown to 168 acres. That’s eight more acres than the 2007 census.
It also shows the average value of agricultural products went up 22 percent since 2007.