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Louisiana Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Louisiana 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 29,574,600
Agricultural land in 2016 7,816,200
Cropland in 2016 4,687,900
Pastureland in 2016 2,132,500
Rangeland  in 2016 65,900
Woodland in 2016 929,800
Agricultural land in 2001 8,038,100

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 6,381,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 6,540,100
Best agricultural land in 2016 3,985,200
Best agricultural land in 2001 3,927,800

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 177,000
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 62,300
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 114,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 145,100
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 49,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 95,500
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 35,300
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 800
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 34,500

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 53,800 35,500 23,600 332,700
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 8,366,900 8,112,100 8,001,700 8,871,000
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 6,705,100 6,499,700 6,431,000 7,026,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 75,300 52,500 46,600 365,800
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA NA 2,100 9,000
Total surface area (acres) 31,376,800 31,376,800 31,376,800 31,376,800

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 30,106 28,093 27,386
Land in Farms (acres) 8,109,975 7,900,864 7,997,511
Cropland (acres) 4,691,344 4,275,637 4,345,843
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 1,544,080 1,738,667 1,692,443
Woodland (acres) 1,188,689 1,255,635 1,306,928
Land in Buildings (acres) 685,862 630,925 652,297
Total Land Area (acres) 29,574,558 29,574,558 29,574,558
All operators/All producers 43,774 41,592 44,272
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 3,030 3,131 3,353
All operators/All producers 65 and older 11,035 11,901 14,443
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 25,802
Principal producers 35,829
Principal producers 34 and younger 2,574
Principal producers 65 and older 12,566
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 10,027
Principal operators / Primary producers 30,106 28,093 27,386
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 1,405 1,485 1,788
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 9,193 9,493 10,214
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 7,254
Market value of agricultural products sold $2,617,981,000 $3,809,401,000 $3,172,978,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $86,959 $135,600 $115,861
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $9,175,000 $7,452,000 $9,846,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $30,551,000

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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