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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

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National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 1982-2007
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 16,100 8,700 75,500
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 593,800 566,400 801,600
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,400 1,600 21,000
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 232,100 221,000 267,400
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 97,500 57,400 355,300
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 18,798,600 18,705,000 19,036,900
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 9,700 4,000 47,300
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,097,100 1,087,300 1,132,600
Total surface area (acres) 20,966,200 20,966,200 20,966,200

Census of Agriculture

  1997 2002 2007
Farms 7,404 7,196 8,136
Land in farms (acres) 1,313,066 1,369,768 1,347,566
Total land area (acres) N/A 19,751,393 19,745,809
Full-time operators 3,324 3,409 3,540
Part-time operators 4,080 3,787 4,596
Percentage of operators 55 and older N/A 43 55
Land managed by operators 55 and older (acres) N/A 726,058 861,029
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 450,278 463,603 617,190
Percentage from crop production 49 48 53
Percentage from livestock production 51 52 47

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity

2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 19 34 34 36
Acres Protected 5,950 8,104 8,104 8,671
Program Funds Spent to Date $4,109,376 $7,500,000 $7,500,000 $8,017,500

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