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Arizona Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Arizona Statistics page. Here you will find frequently requested data specific to this state from the AFT's Farms Under Threat: The State of the States report, National Resources Inventory, and the Census of Agriculture. You also can link to additional information and data sources.

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Farms Under Threat

National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

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Farms Under Threat: The State of the States

All estimates represent figures for the Conterminous U.S.

 

Total and Agricultural Land Cover/Us

Data Item Acres
Total land area in 2016 72,959,100
Agricultural land in 2016 34,631,600
Cropland in 2016 785,300
Pastureland in 2016 36,700
Rangeland  in 2016 33,805,700
Woodland in 2016 3,900
Agricultural land in 2001 35,168,100

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 574,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 540,500
Best agricultural land in 2016 16,892,900
Best agricultural land in 2001 17,007,200

Nationally Significant agricultural land is the land best-suited to long-term, intensive crop production within the Conterminous United States; and each state’s “best land” is approximately the better half of all agricultural land in each state. For more information about these categories of high-quality agricultural land and how they were identified, see the interactive website for Farms Under Threat: The State of the States, and the fact sheet about AFT’s Productivity, Versatility, and Resiliency (PVR) Analysis.

Agricultural Land Converted from 2001-2016

Data Item Acres
Agricultural land developed or compromised 280,100
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 190,500
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 89,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 5,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 2,800
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 3,000
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 152,600
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 102,200
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 50,400

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 447,300 227,600 103,100 1,123,600
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 34,537,300 34,208,600 34,005,600 34,506,200
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 840,500 638,400 556,000 1,014,500
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) NA 2,900 3,900 32,500
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 10,300 NA NA 12,300
Total surface area (acres) 72,964,400 72,964,400 72,964,400 72,964,400

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 15,637 20,005 19,086
Land in Farms (acres) 26,117,899 26,249,195 26,125,819
Cropland (acres) 1,205,425 1,150,811 1,286,648
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 22,900,777 23,051,028 22,220,633
Woodland (acres) 279,779  (D) 651,695
Land in Buildings (acres) 1,731,918  (D) 1,966,843
Total Land Area (acres) 72,959,110 72,959,110 72,959,110
All operators/All producers 26,183 33,613 33,847
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 2,166 2,170 2,227
All operators/All producers 65 and older 7,523 11,122 12,687
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 20,154
Principal producers 25,358
Principal producers 34 and younger 1,245
Principal producers 65 and older 10,687
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 5,204
Principal operators / Primary producers 15,637 20,005 19,086
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 759 561 677
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 5,494 8,058 8,354
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 3,627
Market value of agricultural products sold $3,234,552,000 $3,732,113,000 $3,852,008,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $206,852 $186,559 $201,824
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $5,247,000 $7,963,000 $26,588,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $231,342,000

Notes on Changes to the 2017 Census of Agriculture

  • Producer characteristic data were collected for a maximum of four producers on each farm, up from a maximum of three producers in prior years.
  • Principal producer is a new term that identifies up to two main decision-makers on each farm, up from one principal operator in prior years.
  • Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers expanded to include value-added products.
  • Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products is a new data item.

 


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