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Indiana Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Indiana 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 23,159,800
Agricultural land in 2016 16,362,500
Cropland in 2016 13,176,700
Pastureland in 2016 1,660,800
Rangeland  in 2016 0
Woodland in 2016 1,524,900
Agricultural land in 2001 16,447,600

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 12,026,000
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 12,102,100
Best agricultural land in 2016 9,824,000
Best agricultural land in 2001 9,780,800
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 265,500
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 102,400
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 163,100
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 162,100
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 68,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 93,500
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 71,200
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 2,800
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 68,500
 

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 100,800 84,300 52,100 563,700
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 15,673,300 15.502,000 15,295,800 16,019,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 11,812,100 11,705,300 11,594,200 12,034,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 34,500 30,800 16,300 164,600
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 7,600 9,500 2,300 32,400
Total surface area (acres) 23,158,400 23,158,400 23,158,400 23,158,400

Census of Agriculture

2002 2007 2012
Farms 60,296 60,938 58,695
Land in farms (acres) 15,058,670 14,773,184 14,720,396
Total land area (acres) 22,954,817 22,924,685 22,928,756
Principal  operators 60,296 60,938 58,695
Total operators 86,493 91,590 89,818
Principal operators 34 and younger 4,538 4,532 4,764
Principal operators 65 and older 13,678 15,354 15,919
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 2,400,02 2,763,122 2,813,846
Beginning farmers 14,560 14,210 11,296
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 4,785,158 8,271,291 11,210,818

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