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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) 711,600 658,700 2,869,600
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 144,190,800 143,330,100 147,861,800
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 268,100 263,200 1,093,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 34,192,100 33,840,700 35,303,400
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 954,300 822,600 3,502,500
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 157,330,100 156,350,400 159,518,200
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 327,600 317,600 1,251,000
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 36,914,900 36,533,100 37,644,700
Total surface area (acres) 171,051,900 171,051,900 171,051,900

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 228,926 247,437 248,809
Land in farms (acres) 129,877,666 130,398,753 130,153,438
Total land area (acres) 167,550,149 167,145,209 167,189,947
Principal operators 228,926 247,437 248,809
Total operators 335,326 372,563 375,888
Principal operators 34 and younger 12,247 10,160 10,091
Principal operators 65 and older 71,015 86,323 95,843
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres)      
Beginning farmers 80,007 78,480 65,547
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 14,134,744 21,001,074 25,375,581

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity

2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 0 0 2 2
Acres Protected 0 0 1,700 2,300
Program Funds Spent to Date $0 $0 $2,200,000 $2,200,000

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