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Florida Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Florida 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 36,628,500
Agricultural land in 2016 8,417,200
Cropland in 2016 2,527,900
Pastureland in 2016 3,062,700
Rangeland  in 2016 1,359,300
Woodland in 2016 1,467,300
Agricultural land in 2001 8,872,100

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 1,961,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 2,004,100
Best agricultural land in 2016 4,529,000
Best agricultural land in 2001 4,577,900
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 298,400
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 160,500
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 138,000
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 35,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 15,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 20,000
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 89,100
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 37,000
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 52,000

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultual land converted to developed land (acres) 245,600 229,800 75,300 1,480,300
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 10,544,400 9,826,000 9,338,400 12,266,400
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 485,200 435,100 410,300 570,200
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 249,200 179,200 73,800 1,142,400
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 28,300 14,200 10,200 79,600
Total surface area (acres) 37,533,700 37,533,700 37,533,700 37,533,700

Census of Agriculture

2002 2007 2012
Farms 44,081 47,463 47,740
Land in farms (acres) 10,414,877 9,231,570 9,548,342
Total land area (acres) 34,513,162 34,313,428 34,323,981
Principal operators 44,081 47,463 47,740
Total operators 64,363 73,145 74,539
Principal operators 34 and younger 1,863 1,629 1,664
Principal operators 65 and older 13,440 15,273 17,531
Land ownded by principal operators 65 and over (acres) 2,816,210 2,780,951 3,183,071
Beginning farmers 14,852 16,378 13,086
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 6,242,272 7,785,228 7,701,532

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

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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