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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 74,600 39,900 18,300 395,900
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,981,600 3,657,400 3,482,500 4,710,200
Prime agricultural land at the begining of the reporting period (acres) 1,821,600 1,696,600 1,623,600 2,071,900
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 230,900 134,600 83,500 922,400
Other land converted to developed land (acres) 6,200 2,400 5,400 35,000
Total surface area (acres) 19,939,300 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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