National Statistics

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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Tenure, Ownership, and Transition and Agricultural Land

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

Other Data Sources


2012 National Resources Inventory

   1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,867,400 3,539,100 1,824,500 24,498,500
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 937,815,600 926,494,400 918,305,300 971,232,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 271,816,400 267,502,300 264,112,000 281,483,300
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 4,062,400 2,718,200 1,406,700 17,705,200
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 253,700 215,900 137,300 1,177,100
Total surface area (acres) 1,944,142,600 1,944,142,600 1,944,142,600 1,944,142,600

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 2,128,982 2,204,792 2,109,303
Land in farms (acres) 938,279,056 922,095,840 914,527,657
Total land area (acres) 2,263,960,501 2,260,994,361 2,260,583,852
Principal operators 2,128,982 2,204,792 2,109,303
Total operators 3,115,172 3,337,450 3,180,074
Principal operators 34 and younger 123,059 118,613 119,833
Principal operators 65 and older 557,830 655,654 701,276
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 200,722,873 232,257,320 239,753,356
Beginning farmers 593,109 583,286 469,098
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 200,646,355 297,220,491 394,646,980

Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land

Agricultural Landlords 2014
Agricultural landlords--operators and non-operators 2,131,840
Agricultural land rented out by agricultural landlords (acres) 353,768,136
Non-operator landlords 1,851,796
Agricultural land owned and rented out by non-operator landlords (acres) 283,447,669

 

Principal Landlords 2014
Principal landlords 1,432,065
Agricultural land rented out by principal landlords (acres) 190,969,367
Principal landlords 65 and older 821,803
Land owned and rented out by principal landlords 65 and older (acres) 131,823,201
Women principal landlords 543,728

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity Totals 2012 2013 2014 2015
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 12,970 13,450 13,981 14,541
Acres Protected 2,284,005 2,373,470 2,454,702 2,579,878
Program Funds Spent to Date $3,416,498,572 $3,622,372,474 $3,782,039,207 $3,887,170,187

Other Data Sources