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The Mexican government is in the process of making changes that will allow the country to import U.S. beef derived from cattle of any age. Imports have been limited to cattle 30 months of age or younger for the last several years; the restrictions were imposed in response to the BSE cases of a decade ago. The process is expected to be completed in a few days. The U.S. accounts for about 90 percent of Mexican beef imports and U.S. exports to Mexico rose by 26 percent year-over-year at the beginning of this year.
The new Census of Agriculture shows that there were 2.109 million farms in 2012, but nearly 900,000 farms have gross sales of less than $5,000. Farms with sales of more than $1 million make up 4 percent of the total, but produced 66 percent of the total market value of ag production. More than 20 percent of farmers have been farming for less than 10 years, suggesting an infusion of young people getting into the industry. The average age of farmers is 58.3, up from 57.1 reported in the last census in 2007. The Census of Agriculture data can be found at the nass.usda.gov website.
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