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Idaho Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Idaho 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, 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

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 53,483,600
Agricultural land in 2016 14,097,600
Cropland in 2016 5,487,200
Pastureland in 2016 1,422,500
Rangeland  in 2016 6,868,000
Woodland in 2016 319,900
Agricultural land in 2001 13,963,300

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 3,622,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 3,649,300
Best agricultural land in 2016 7,000,800
Best agricultural land in 2001 6,955,100
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 68,800
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 31,100
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 37,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 17,800
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 5,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 12,300
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 48,500
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 19,900
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 28,700

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 41,200 54,300 21,200 294,400
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 14,249,900 14,128,600 14,020,100 14,651,600
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,237,200 3,148,000 3,092,200 3,391,000
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 10,400 14,500 6,400 68,800
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 2,500 2,600 2,900 12,500
Total surface area (acres) 53,487,500 53,487,500 53,487,500 53,487,500

Census of Agriculture

2002 2007 2012
Farms 25,017 25,349 24,816
Land in farms (acres) 11,767,294 11,497,383 11,760,109
Total land area (acres) 52,958,212 52,894,974 52,891,860
Principal operators 25,017 25,349 24,816
Total operators 38,862 40,427 40,590
Principal operators 34 and younger 1,423 1,438 1,547
Principal operators 65 and older 5,475 6,848 7,446
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 2,939,557 2,802,813 3,204,186
Beginning farmers 8,084 7,309 6,103
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 3,908,262 5,688,765 7,801,446

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