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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

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2010 National Resources Inventory

Tables showing changes in land cover/use are not available by state in the 2010 NRI.

2007 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 1982-2007
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 12,800 N/A 85,700
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 392,700 378,500 472,500
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,900 N/A 38,600
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 139,800 134,800 169,600
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 90,900 72,600 633,400
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,317,700 3,228,800 3,787,300
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 10,800 6,400 83,300
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 276,100 265,400 342,000
Total surface area (acres) 5,339,000 5,339,000 5,339,000

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 6,075 7,691 7,755
Land in farms (acres) 518,570 517,879 523,517
Total land area (acres) 5,017,610 4,992,934 4,992,113
Principal operators 6,075 7,691 7,755
Total 9,768 12,265 12,595
Principal operators 34 and younger 210 341 419
Principal operators 65 and older 1,369 1,941 2,333
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres)      
Beginning farmers 1,633 2,017 1,954
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 384,314 489,820 492,211

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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