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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

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 7,196 8,136 8,173
Land in farms (acres) 1,369,768 1,347,566 1,454,104
Total land area (acres) 19,751,393 19,745,809 19,739,717
Principal operators 7,196 8,136 8,173
Total operators 11,346 13,063 13,406
Principal operators 34 and younger 323 396 550
Principal operators 65 and older 1,498 2,121 2,367
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres)      
Beginning farmers 2,348 2,414 2,425
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 463,603 617,190 763,062

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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