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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

  1997 2002 2007
Farms 60,222 58,105 63,163
Land in farms (acres) 7,819,648 7,745,336 7,809,244
Total land area (acres) N/A 28,682,630 28,631,687
Full-time operators 30,288 32,939 28,751
Part-time operators 29,934 25,166 34,412
Percentage of operators 55 and older N/A 44 52
Land managed by operators 55 and older (acres) N/A 3,685,297 4,184,792
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 4,247,568 4,256,959 5,808,803
Percentage from crop production 34 31 32
Percentage from livestock production 66 69 68

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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