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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

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2010 National Resources Inventory

   1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2010 1982-2010
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,923,100 3,560,800 1,331,200 24,125,400
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 938,285,000 927,385,600 920,149,600 970,887,200
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 1,815,700 1,431,100 N/A N/A
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 271,728,800 267,560,700 264,442,000 281,418,800
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 9,255,100 6,374,900 2,482,600 42,591,000
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,396,065,400 1,386,310,800 1,379,821,100 1,424,008,100
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 2,555,500 2,036,300 N/A N/A
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 321,761,500 318,903,200 316,742,100 329,337,700
Total surface area (acres) 1,944,129,700 1,944,129,700 1,944,129,700 1,944,129,700

2007 National Resources Inventory

 

1997-2002 2002-2007 1982-2007
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 5,135,500 4,080,300 23,163,500
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 936,151,700 925,082,100 968,342,700
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 1,815,700 1,431,100 8,716,600
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 275,953,800 271,452,200 286,426,200
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 9,705,500 7,491,300 41,324,800
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,391,496,800 1,381,269,800 1,418,965,400
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 2,555,500 2,036,300 11,573,800
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 331,149,200 327,946,900 339,432,200
Total surface area (acres) 1,937,664,200 1,937,664,200 1,937,664,200

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)      
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

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity Totals 2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 11,899 12,415 12,970 13,450
Acres Protected 2,023,230 2,185,996 2,284,005 2,373,470
Program Funds Spent to Date $3,058,480,491 $3,243,684,871 $3,416,498,572 $3,622,372,474

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