2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012 Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,867,400 3,539,100 1,824,500 24,498,500 Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 937,815,600 926,494,400 918,305,300 971,232,700 Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 271,816,400 267,502,300 264,112,000 281,483,300 Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 4,062,400 2,718,200 1,406,700 17,705,200 … Continued

New Jersey Solar Act (2012)

On July 23, 2012, L. 2012, C. 24 (“Solar Act”) was signed into law by Governor Christie. The Solar Act amends certain aspects of the statute governing generation, interconnection, and financing of renewable energy. Among other actions, the Solar Act requires the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“Board”) to conduct proceedings to establish new … Continued

2012 NRI: Changes in Land Cover/Use Talking Points

The National Resources Inventory (NRI) is conducted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in cooperation with Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology. These talking points provide an analysis of 2012 NRI data.

2012 Agricultural Enterprise Area Program Report

The Agricultural Enterprise Area (AEA) program was created as part of the Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative in the 2009 – 2011 biennial budget (2009 Act 28). State statute authorizes the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to designate up to 1 million acres statewide as agricultural enterprise areas. Since 2009, in Wisconsin 22 AEAs … Continued

Local Government Support for Food System Development: Highlights from 2012 National Survey

In 2012, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conducted a comprehensive national survey on local governments’ food-related activities. The survey captured the presence of foodrelated policies and programs, and various funding sources, plans, partnerships and coordination efforts supporting them. The responses from nearly 2,000 … Continued

Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions: 2012 Edition

Across the United States, many urban, suburban, and even rural neighborhoods are experiencing dramatic transformations. Parking lots, underused commercial properties, and former industrial sites are being replaced by condominiums, apartments, townhouses, and small-lot single-family homes. These examples of residential infill—or building new homes in previously developed areas—can help to expand housing choices, make neighborhoods livelier, … Continued

PACE Programs, January 2012

This map portrays state and local purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) activity based on data from the Farmland Information Center's 2012 state and local PACE tables.

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