Arkansas Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Arkansas Statistics page. Here you will find frequently requested data specific to this state from the National Resources Inventory and the Census of Agriculture. You also can link to additional information and data sources.

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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 71,700 61,000 31,200 318,000
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 13,099,100 12,298,700 12,680,000 13,639,300
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 8,475,300 8,365,700 8,226.600 8,666,200
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 74,000 65,300 38,500 323,000
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,900 7,500 3,000 18,400
Total surface area (acres) 34,036,900 34,036,900 34,036,900 34,036,900

Census of Agriculture

2002 2007 2012
Farms 47,483 49,346 45,071
Land in farms (acres) 14,502,793 13,872,862 13,810,786
Total land area (acres) 33,323,626 33,287,812 33,303,026
Principal operators 47,483 49,346 45,071
Total operators 69,504 75,308 69,704
Principal operators 34 and younger 2,983 2,958 2,593
Principal operators 65 and younger 11,723 14,227 15,300
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 2,573,199 2,983,353 3,205,926
Beginning farmer 14,427 15,204 10,668
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 4,950,397 7,508,806 9,775,758

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