Rhode Island Statistics

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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) 3,900 3,200 13,900
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 45,900 44,500 61,800
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 2,900 2,900 11,100
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 30,000 29,800 37,500
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 16,800 10,800 58,300
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 453,400 436,800 484,400
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,700 3,700 15,400
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 62,500 57,800 69,700
Total surface area (acres) 813,300 813,300 813,300

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 858 1,219 1,243
Land in farms (acres) 61,223 67,819 69,589
Total land area (acres) 668,753 661,627 661,666
Principal operators 858 1,219 1,243
Total operators 1,296 1,912 2,055
Principal operators 34 and younger 36 57 67
Principal operators 65 and older 181 343 363
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres)      
Beginning farmers 215 301 383
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 55,546 65,908 59,652

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity

2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 85 86 91 96
Acres Protected 6,387 6,513 6,645 6,830
Program Funds Spent to Date $28,296,863 $29,403,362 $30,325,862 $30,221,000

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