There are thousands of farms in the Palmetto State. Ninety-seven percent of them are family farms.
Here’s a quick glimpse at the farms in our state:
How many smalls farms are there?
That’s a good question without an easy answer, because there is not yet an accepted definition of what is a small farm. Clemson University classifies farms smaller farms as small cropping systems, niche crops, and small acreage farmers.
Without a clear definition, it’s hard to classify them. But the data below helps to paint a better picture.
There are 25,266 farms in SC farming 4,971,244 acres. That’s an average size of 197 acres per farm. There are 9,285 farms (36.7%) that are smaller than 50 acres.
Of the remaining farms with harvestable land, here’s the breakdown:
- 1,476 are between 50 and 99 acres in size (5.8%)
- 923 between 100 and 199 acres (3.7%)
- 691 between 200 and 499 acres (2.7%)
- 330 between 500 and 999 acres (1.3%)
- 290 between 1,000 and 1,999 acres (1.1%)
- 140 are 2,000 acres or more (0.6%)
How many of our farms irrigate?
There are 1,973 farms in South Carolina that irrigate, down from 2,030 in 2007. But the percentage of farms that irrigate has stayed steady at 7.8%.
There are 159,239 acres of irrigated land in South Carolina, up from 132,439 in 2007.