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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 13,100 6,800 2,800 93,300
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 393,100 384,800 370,500 485,400
Prime agricultural land at the begining of the reporting period (acres) 140,300 133,500 128,800 160,600
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 72,600 52,900 29,900 544,000
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA NA NA 17,600
Total surface area (acres) 5,339,000 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 operators 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) 122,457 131,229 164,930
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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