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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) 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

State-Level Program Activity

2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 761 787 804 832
Acres Protected 64,018 65,918 67,143 69,035
Program Funds Spent to Date $182,107,674 $195,834,324 $203,834,324 $214,214,124

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