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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) 77,000 41,400 356,000
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 14,812,300 14,699,300 15,136,500
Prime agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 28,100 15,800 124,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,745,000 1,694,500 1,856,200
Rural land converted to developed land (acres) 222,500 122,200 907,100
Rural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 28,424,900 28,212,400 29,005,800
Prime rural land converted to developed land (acres) 37,300 22,100 157,900
Prime rural land available at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 2,302,700 2,260,400 2,404,200
Total surface area (acres) 44,035,300 44,035,300 44,035,300

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 35,939 39,284 37,249
Land in farms (acres) 15,318,008 14,972,789 14,748,107
Total land area (acres) 42,588,197 42,540,079 42,531,819
Principal operators 35,939 39,284 37,249
Total operators 56,386 63,645 60,912
Principal operators 34 and younger 1,272 1,680 1,707
Principal operators 65 and older 8,382 10,554 12,389
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres)      
Beginning farmers 10,388 12,053 10,100
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 5,330,740 6,792,856 9,120,749

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

State-Level Program Activity

2010 2011 2012 2013
Easements or Restrictions Acquired 20 20 25 25
Acres Protected 1,407 1,407 3,048 3,048
Program Funds Spent to Date$ $5,939,350 $6,065,585 $8,249,647 $8,249,647

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