Van Buren County Related Farmland Statistics
How does Van Buren County rank among other counties for agricultural products in the state?
Van Buren County ranked 1st in Blueberry production and Cuccumber Processing in 2003.
Additionally, in 2003 the county ranked 2nd in Grape production, and 3rd in Apple and Asparagus production.
Van Buren County Farmland and Agricultural Statistics 1987 - 2002
Total Acres of Farmland
Acres in Orchards
Acres in Vegetables
Acres in Corn (for grain)
Acres in Soybeans
Total Number of farms
Number of Orchards
Number of Vegetable Farms
Average Size of Farm
Median Size of Farm
Total Market Value of Agricultural Products
Average Market Value of Agricultural Products per Farm
Hogs and Pigs Inventory (farms)
Hogs and Pigs Inventory (number)
Hogs and Pigs Sold (farms)
Hogs and Pigs Sold (number)
N - no data available
Source: US Department of Agriculture, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 Census of Agriculture
National Agriculture Statistics Service
The importance of Soybeans in the county has taken a drastic increase from 1987 at 9,684 acres to 29,321 acres in 2002. Soybeans can be used in many products that we recognize today: Tofu, Bread, Soy Milk and many others. Click on the link to the American Soybean Association to learn more about the versatile soybean.
Agricultural production is an important asset to the Van Buren County region. The variety of crops grown here demonstrates the favorable climate and weather conditions afforded by Lake Michigan. There are numerous farmers markets and roadside stands that allow visitors and local consumers the ability to taste the greatness of the area.
Source: Van Buren County Agriculture
What is Van Buren County Doing to Protect Farmland and Preserve Open Space?
Van Buren County is committed to the preservation of farmland and other natural features. The county farmland and open space preservation ordinance establishes a countywide purchase of development rights program that will allow applicants to receive a cash payout for the development rights to their property. Currently, the townships of Paw Paw, Antwerp, and Pine Grove have updated master plans that include farmland preservation.
The county Land Preservation Board (LPB) plays an integral role in this effort. The LPB meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Floor of the Administration and Land Services Building, 219 Paw Paw Street, Paw Paw.