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

2017 Census of Agriculture

The highlights in this fact sheet are a small sampling of data that are available and support the efforts of people who care about the future of agriculture and agricultural land.

2018-2019 Non-Operator Landowner Survey

Despite their growing importance, we know very little about non-operating landowners and more importantly, even less about how best to reach, engage and motivate them. Limited research indicates that there may be a linkage between rented land and lack of conservation practices on the land, which results in detrimental environmental impacts. Even more troubling, some of the areas with the highest rates of rental land align with those experiencing high rates of nutrient losses. But the potential for positive change is great!  In response to this data gap, American Farmland Trust partnered with Utah State University to conduct a survey of non-operator landowners. The AFT survey was developed in 2013-2014 by the Non-Operating Landowner National Survey Work Group. This group consists of researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in working with and/or researching non-operating landowners.

The Conservation Title in the 2018 Farm Bill

While “evolutionary, not revolutionary” was the oft-repeated mantra during this Farm Bill process, the final bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill legislation does make several significant policy changes to the largest of the conservation programs. The biggest victory for the conservation community at large is maintaining baseline spending, which means that no funds previously spent on conservation … Continued

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