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The records: The U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes a profile of agriculture in Boone County from information collected in the Census of Agriculture, which is conducted every five years. The most recent published statistics are from the 2007 Census.
Why you'd want them: To see how many farms are in Boone County, their size, the market value of products sold, government payments received and demographics of farmers. Also, to see how Boone County agriculture compares to other Missouri counties.
Where you get the records: Go to http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Online_Highlights/County Profiles/Missouri/cp29019.pdf
Or, go to www.agcensus.usda.gov, click "Publications" on the top bar then select "State & County" under "Find Current Data By" on the left hand side. On the U.S. map, click on Missouri, then "State & County" under "County Profiles." Finally, click on Boone.
How much it will cost: This information is free.