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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

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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

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 25,349 24,816 24,996
Land in Farms (acres) 11,497,383 11,760,109 11,691,912
Cropland (acres) 5,918,899 5,793,347 5,894,676
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 4,602,886 4,876,536 4,871,617
Woodland (acres) 531,767 584,265 524,137
Land in Buildings (acres) 443,831 505,961 401,482
Total Land Area (acres) 53,483,608 53,483,608 53,483,608
All operators/All producers 40,427 40,590 45,039
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 3,334 3,577 3,882
All operators/All producers 65 and older 8,912 10,141 13,952
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 25,385
Principal producers 35,097
Principal producers 34 and younger 2,889
Principal producers 65 and older 11,720
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 9,712
Principal operators / Primary producers 25,349 24,816 24,996
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 1,438 1,547 1,735
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 6,848 7,446 8,961
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 6,537
Market value of agricultural products sold $5,688,765,000 $7,801,446,000 $7,567,439,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $224,418 $314,372 $302,746
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $7,840,000 $8,523,000 $28,001,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $85,547,000

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.

 


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