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2012 National Resources Inventory

    1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
  Agrcultural land converted to developed land (acres) 74,800 59,100 39,600 497,300
  Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 6,056,600 5,929,700 5,803,900 6,756,500
  Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,989,900 1,960,800 1,920,900 2,204,600
  Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 177,600 129,600 74,400 828,800
  Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 5,200 7,100 2,100 25,000
  Total surface area (acres) 27,087,100 27,087,100 27,087,100 27,087,100

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 47,606 47,383 46,030
Land in farms (acres) 8,624,829 8,103,925 8,302,444
Total land area (acres) 25,340,202 25,275,225 25,273,882
Principal operators 47,606 47,383 46,030
Total operators 69,577 71,281 69,990
Principal operators 34 and younger 2,195 1,966 2,081
Principal operators 65 and older 14,064 15,273 16,497
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 2,248,083 2,298,344 2,497,477
Beginning farmers 12,956 13,026 10,199
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 2,360,911 2,906,188 3,753,287

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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