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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) 75,200 44,900 27,700 470,900
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 26,380,800 26,163,100 26,025,000 26,862,200
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 17,045,700 16,978,400 16,881,200 17,148,600
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 35,200 38,300 17,600 234,300
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA 4,700 NA 28,400
Total surface area (acres) 54,009,900 54,009,900 54,009,900 54,009,900

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 80,839 80,992 74,542
Land in farms (acres) 27,512,270 26,917,962 26,035,838
Total land area (acres) 50,950,445 50,906,881 50,962,150
Principal operators 80,839 80,992 74,542
Total operators 114,218 119,650 111,311
Principal operators 34 and younger 5,876 5,117 4,904
Principal operators 65 and older 16,771 20,253 20,255
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 4,371,693 5,681,386 5,424,189
Beginning farmers 17,757 15,340 12,310
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 8,575,627 13,180,466 21,280,184

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