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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

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2010 National Resources Inventory

Tables showing changes in land cover/use are not available by state in the 2010 NRI.

2007 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) 1,347,361 1,480,690 1,640,687
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

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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