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Total number of Neb. farms declines slightly

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The total number of Nebraska farms and ranches declined slightly in 2012.

The federal Agriculture Department says the total slid to 46,700 last year. That's down from the previous year's 46,800 and 2010's 47,200.

In Nebraska, the average farm size was 974 acres last year, compared with 972 the year before.

The number of farms with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales declined by 1,200 farms while the number of farms with more than $100,000 in sales grew by 1,100.