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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 7,456,900 7,222,500 7,049,200 8,528,000
Prime agricultural land at the begining of the reporting period (acres) 2,303,200 2,231,900 2,175,400 2,550,700
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 23,929,400 23,671,400 23,505,400 25,086,500
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,649,600 3,584,100 3,533,100 3,888,500
Total surface area (acres) 28,995,200 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) 1,626,235 1,819,364 1,924,530
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

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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