ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department says the number of farms in Maryland continues to shrink.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Annapolis says in a statement that the number of farms in Maryland in 2015 is estimated at 12,200. That’s 100 fewer than in 2014.

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The agency says the numbers have been declining since at least 1959, when the state had nearly 27,600 farms.

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The total land in farms decreased by 10,000 acres to about 2.02 million.

The average farm size increased by one acre, to 166.

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