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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) 94,200 64,600 429,700
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,993,600 3,676,600 4,728,000
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 34,600 22,200 159,600
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,773,800 1,656,600 2,032,500
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 334,400 232,000 1,330,800
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 15,994,300 15,652,600 16,774,100
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 67,100 44,500 287,900
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,245,800 3,176,400 3,431,400
Total surface area (acres) 19,939,300 19,939,300 19,939,300

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 24,541 25,867 25,266
Land in farms (acres) 4,845,923 4,889,339 4,971,244
Total land area (acres) 19,270,060 19,255,034 19,239,011
Principal operators 24,541 25,867 25,266
Total operators 33,610 37,082 37,060
Principal operators 34 and younger  1,144 1,079 1,097
Principal operators 65 and older 7,157 8,290 9,094
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres)      
Beginning farmers 7,537 6,898 5,608
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 1,489,750 2,352,681 3,040,069

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity

2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 30 30 30 35
Acres Protected 9,615 9,615 9,615 11,598
Program Funds Spent to Date $9,717,604 $9.717.604 $9,717,604 $11,236,304

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