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Connecticut Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Connecticut Statistics page. Here you will find frequently requested data specific to this state from AFT's Farms Under Threat: The State of the States report, the National Resources Inventory, the Census of Agriculture, and the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program survey. You also can link to additional information and data sources.

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Farms Under Threat

National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

Other Data Sources

Farms Under Threat: The State of the States

All estimates represent figures for the Conterminous U.S.

Total and Agricultural Land Cover/Use

Data Item Acres
Total land area in 2016 3,183,500
Agricultural land in 2016 347,100
Cropland in 2016 113,200
Pastureland in 2016 63,000
Rangeland  in 2016 0
Woodland in 2016 171,000
Agricultural land in 2001 357,100

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 180,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 186,900
Best agricultural land in 2016 177,600
Best agricultural land in 2001 184,800

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 23,000
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 9,100
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 13,900
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 11,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 4,300
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 7,300
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 11,300
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 4,100
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 7,200

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 8,300 5,100 1,900 47,900
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 301,800 285,200 269,900 355,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 137,600 130,500 121,200 159,600
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 46,700 28,100 11,900 196,200
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA NA NA 3,300
Total surface area (acres) 3,194,700 3,194,700 3,194,700 3,194,700

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 4,916 5,977 5,521
Land in Farms (acres) 405,616 436,539 381,539
Cropland (acres) 163,686 151,144 148,609
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 32,823 39,806 31,923
Woodland (acres) 124,875 144,391 113,355
Land in Buildings (acres) 84,232 101,198 87,652
Total Land Area (acres) 3,183,507 3,183,507 3,183,507
All operators/All producers 7,913 9,880 9,771
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 565 785 926
All operators/All producers 65 and older 1,881 2,584 3,046
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 5,460
Principal producers 7,592
Principal producers 34 and younger 609
Principal producers 65 and older 2,631
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 2,132
Principal operators / Primary producers 4,916 5,977 5,521
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 185 281 360
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 1,459 1,892 2,032
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 1,465
Market value of agricultural products sold $551,553,000 $550,620,000 $580,114,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $112,195 $92,123 $105,074
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $29,752,000 $30,439,000 $46,925,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $19,995,000

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.

 


Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

For summaries of PACE activity by state, use the links for the downloadable table or most recent fact sheets on the national statistics page under Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs.


Other Data Sources

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