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Georgia Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Georgia 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 Easements

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 37,701,800
Agricultural land in 2016 11,769,900
Cropland in 2016 5,451,900
Pastureland in 2016 2,696,100
Rangeland  in 2016 0
Woodland in 2016 3,621,900
Agricultural land in 2001 12,257,200

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 6,206,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 6,365,800
Best agricultural land in 2016 6,138,000
Best agricultural land in 2001 6,249,900

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 544,500
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 173,300
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 371,200
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 195,300
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 57,300
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 137,900
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 187,300
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 52,000
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 135,300

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 123,400 72,200 29,000 649,300
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 8,245,300 7,539,200 7,230,900 9,529,900
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 4,240,300 3,834,200 3,638,700 4,788,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 386,000 231,700 83,000 1,718,800
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,900 10,000 5,300 53,600
Total surface area (acres) 37,740,500 37,740,500 37,740,500 37,740,500

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 47,846 42,257 42,439
Land in Farms (acres) 10,150,539 9,620,836 9,953,730
Cropland (acres) 4,478,168 4,190,918 4,372,134
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 1,341,985 1,373,836 1,335,372
Woodland (acres) 3,712,672 3,475,854 3,584,016
Land in Buildings (acres) 617,714 580,228 662,208
Total Land Area (acres) 37,701,755 37,701,755 37,701,755
All operators/All producers 69,060 61,859 68,764
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 4,801 4,050 5,104
All operators/All producers 65 and older 17,996 20,300 24,150
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 37,940
Principal producers 55,425
Principal producers 34 and younger 3,885
Principal producers 65 and older 20,899
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 17,485
Principal operators / Primary producers 47,846 42,257 42,439
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 2,238 1,842 2,482
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 14,974 16,159 17,060
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 12,515
Market value of agricultural products sold $7,112,866,000 $9,255,125,000 $9,573,252,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $148,662 $219,020 $225,577
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $13,146,000 $13,197,000 $36,499,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $219,093,000

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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