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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 21,900 17,100 7,200 153,000
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 42,761,800 42,735,400 42,681,500 42,977,000
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 6,354,800 6,356,700 6,332,900 6,433,800
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 5,000 2,300 NA 18,300
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA NA NA 4,600
Total surface area (acres) 49,358,000 49,358,000 49,358,000 49,358,000

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 31,736 31,169 31,989
Land in farms (acres) 43,785,079 43,666,403 43,257,079
Total land area (acres) 48,566,168 48,511,810 48,518,870
Principal operators 31,736 31,169 31,989
Total operators 45,810 46,710 48,987
Principal operators 34 and younger 2,663 2,355 2,889
Principal operators 65 and older  7,352 8,234 8,551
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 10,253,885 12,245,335 12,539,581
Beginning farmers 7,018 5,798 5,624
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 3,834,625 6,570,450 10,170,227

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