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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 341,500 295,200 145,600 1,842,000
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 30,783,700 29,933,400 29,501,400 32,543,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 5,453,200 5,390,100 5,114,800 6,006,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 73,8000 40,400 17,700 329,000
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 17,000 10,100 5,000 66,300
Total surface area (acres) 101,510,200 101,510,200 101,510,200 101,510,200

    Census of Agriculture

      2002 2007 2012
    Farms 79,631 81,033 77,857
    Land in farms (acres) 27,589,027 25,364,695 25,569,001
    Total land area (acres) 99,813,971 99,689,515 99,698,909
    Principal operators 79,631 81,033 77,864
    Total operators 125,095 130,756 126,099
    Principal operators 34 and younger 2,663 2,758 3,221
    Principal operators 65 and older 22,196 25,130 29,053
    Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 5,631,634 6,557,509 7,329,977
    Beginning farmers 24,228 26,859 20,648
    Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 25,737,173 33,885,064 42,627,472

    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.


    California Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program


    Other Data Sources