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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) 115,300 81,200 728,700
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 7,430,600 7,193,700 8,530,600
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 50,900 33,200 286,800
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 2,331,000 2,224,800 2,621,000
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 267,100 196,300 1,614,400
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 23,886,600 23,620,200 25,044,700
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 78,500 54,900 417,800
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,856,200 3,773,600 4,155,100
Total surface area (acres) 28,995,200 28,995,200 28,995,200

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 58,105 63,163 59,309
Land in farms (acres) 7,745,336 7,809,244 7,704,444
Total land area (acres) 28,682,630 28,631,687 28,635,548
Principal operators 58,105 63,163 59,309
Total operators 65,555 64,503 92,341
Principal operators 34 and younger 5,186 5,078 4,909
Principal operators 65 and older 12,816 16,348 16,725
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres)      
Beginning farmers 16,107 16,057 12,586
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 4,256,959 5,808,803 7,400,781

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity

2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 3,928 4,096 4,229 4,364
Acres Protected 428,708 444,647 457,537 470,155
Program Funds Spent to Date $710,020,217 $774,000,000 $796,000,000 $853,000,000

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