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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) 60,400 50,800 34,100 287,800
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 30,486,500 30,302,200 30,168,800 30,915,400
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 17,722,200 17,669,000 17,619,900 17,843,200
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 13,200 11,600 5,500 44,400
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 3,200 3,500 1,600 9,800
Total surface area (acres) 36,016,500 36,016,500 36,016,500 36,016,500

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 90,655 92,856 88,637
Land in farms (acres) 31,729,490 30,747,550 30,622,731
Total land area (acres) 35,756,387 35,747,594 35,748,541
Principal operators 90,655 92,856 88,637
Total operators 127,166 136,068 131,535
Principal operators 34 and younger 6,151 6,278 6,242
Principal operators 65 and older 22,391 25,996 26,105
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 5,622,455 7,428,263 6,759,022
Beginning farmers 18,845 18,752 15,949
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 12,273,634 20,418,096 30,821,532

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