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2012 National Resources Inventory

  1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 29,400 46,000 22,200 204,100
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 58,383,800 58,384,000 58,249,300 58,353,300
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 963,600 953,000 935,600 972,200
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 7,200 9,300 3,400 49,100
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA 3,400 NA 10,600
Total surface area (acres) 94,110,000 94,110,000 94,110,000 94,110,000

Census of Agriculture

  2002 2007 2012
Farms 27,870 29,524 28,008
Land in farms (acres) 59,612,403 61,388,462 59,758,917
Total land area (acres) 93,153,553 93,134,579 93,149,727
Principal operators 27,870 29,524 28,008
Total operators 43,342 46,903 45,246
Principal operators 34 and younger 1,391 1,296 1,387
Principal operators 65 and older 7,046 8,837 9,318
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 13,084,270 14,823,572 14,214,340
Beginning farmers 7,438 7,182 6,008
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 1,882,114 2,803,062 4,230,083

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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