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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 211,100 83,400 35,500 848,200
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 7,873,900 7,503,100 7,303,800 8,676,900
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,936,000 3,768,800 3,671,700 4,219,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 440,200 192,100 120,400 1,586,700
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres 15,900 11,100 6,500 61,000
Total surface area (acres) 33,709,300 33,709,300 33,709,300 33,709,300

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012  
Farms 53,930 52,913 50,218  
Land in farms (acres) 9,079,001 8,474,671 8,414,756  
Total land area (acres) 31,174,963 31,113,828 31,115,830  
Principal operators 53,930 52,913 50,218  
Total operators 75,684 76,832 73,846  
Principal operators 34 and younger 2,585 2,363 2,321  
Principal operators 65 and older 14,809 15,725 17,450  
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 1,710,069 1,893,550 2,090,088  
Beginning farmers 13,756 13,991 11,027  
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 6,961,686 10,313,628 12,588,142  

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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