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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 53,800 35,500 23,600 332,700
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 8,366,900 8,112,100 8,001,700 8,871,000
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 6,705,100 6,499,700 6,431,000 7,026,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 75,300 52,500 46,600 365,800
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA NA 2,100 9,000
Total surface area (acres) 31,376,800 31,376,800 31,376,800 31,376,800

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 27,413 30,106 28,093
Land in farms (acres) 7,830,664 8,109,975 7,900,864
Total land area (acres) 27,879,582 27,668,285 27,650,970
Principal operators 27,413 30,106 28,093
Total operators 38,507 43,774 41,592
Principal operators 34 and younger 1,778 1,405 1,485
Principal operators 65 and older 7,042 9,193 9,493
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 1,369,355 1,744,003 1,567,430
Beginning farmers 8,861 9,023 7,094
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 1,815,803 2,617,981 3,809,401

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