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2012 National Resources Inventory

 
  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 46,100 28,800 14,700 276,900
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 2,071,800 1,942,000 1,886,800 2,304,000
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 868,600 827,500 801,600 949,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 43,200 43,600 19,100 257,100
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 2,000 1,700 2,700 10,400
Total surface area (acres) 7,869,900 7,869,900 7,869,900 7,869,900

 

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 12,198 12,834 12,256
Land in farms (acres) 2,077,630 2,051,756 2,030,745
Total land area (acres) 6,294,540 6,251,090 6,251,852
Principal operators 12,198 12,834 12,256
Total operators 18,596 20,241 19,469
Principal operators 34 and younger 584 621 603
Principal operators 65 and older 3,239 3,834 4,288
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 417,743 479,344 560,555
Beginning farmers 3,154 3,321 2,457
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 1,293,303 1,835,090 2,271,397

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

For summaries of PACE activity by state, use the links for the downloadable table or most recent fact sheets on the national statistics page under Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs.


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