2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land Survey Infographics

The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). These powerpoint slides provide infographics including data on: Agricultural landowners Number of principal owners Acres of agricultural land owned and rented out … Continued

2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land Survey Talking Points

The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey provides data about land ownership, income, expenses, debt, assets, landlord characteristics, and agricultural landowners’ land transfer plans.  

The 2014 Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79): Summary and Side-by-Side

Congress completed action on a new omnibus farm bill when conferees reported a conference agreement on January 27, 2014 (the Agricultural Act of 2014, H.R. 2642/H.Rept. 113-333); the full House and Senate approved the conference agreement on January 29 and February 4, respectively. The President signed the measure into law on February 7 (P.L. 113-79).

Virginia House Bill 1430 (2013)

This bill expands the definition of agricultural operations to include the commerce of farm-to-business and farm-to-consumer sales as well as commerce in other related items. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that an agricultural operation is in compliance with local zoning ordinances when it operates on property that is zoned agricultural.

Virginia House Bill 1445 (2011)

Limits the maximum amount that any taxpayer may receive in land preservation tax credits to $10 million annually, beginning in calendar year 2012.

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

PACE programs compensate property owners for keeping their land available for agriculture. Typically, PACE programs consider soil quality, threat of development and future agricultural viability when selecting farms for protection. They are usually administered by state or local governments but may also be operated by private conservation organizations. The Farmland Information Center conducts an annual survey of State PACE programs and tracks their activity.

Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL)

The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey provides data about land ownership, income, expenses, debt, assets, landlord characteristics, and agricultural landowners’ land transfer plans.

Census of Agriculture

The Census of Agriculture is the most comprehensive source of data portraying our nation’s agriculture over time. The census is conducted every five years by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). On April 11, 2019, NASS released the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

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

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