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National Resources Inventory

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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 105,100 99,300 52,300 690,600
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 27,306,600 27,022,600 26,797,000 27,933,000
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 19,833,500 19,703,400 19,594,400 20,149,400
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 24,300 28,800 11,800 122,900
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 6,100 3,600 2,200 28,400
Total surface area (acres) 36,058,700 36,058,700 36,058,700 36,058,700

    Census of Agriculture

      2002 2007 2012
    Farms 73,027 76,860 75,087
    Land in farms (acres) 27,310,833 26,775,100 26,937,721
    Total land area (acres) 35,573,494 35,529,619 35,532,405
    Principal operators 73,027 76,860 75,087
    Total operators 101,574 111,089 109,123
    Principal operators 34 and younger 4,146 4,696 5,067
    Principal operators 65 and older 18,500 21,237 23,702
    Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 4,010,703 4,561,679 5,187,490
    Beginning farmers 14,838 16,458 13,596
    Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 7,676,239 13,329,107 17,187,052

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