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Missouri Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Missouri 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 44,611,900
Agricultural land in 2016 27,581,700
Cropland in 2016 13,960,500
Pastureland in 2016 8,987,500
Rangeland  in 2016 39,600
Woodland in 2016 4,594,100
Agricultural land in 2001 27,242,500

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 11,469,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 11,055,000
Best agricultural land in 2016 13,533,500
Best agricultural land in 2001 13,362,100

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 325,300
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 81,800
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 243,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 87,000
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 23,300
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 63,700
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 105,500
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 20,100
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 85,400

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 95,800 68,600 41,200 512,100
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 26,086,500 25,808,600 25,636,000 27,463,900
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 12,356,200 12,265,700 12,202,400 12,598,200
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 67,100 62,200 29,500 323,500
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,700 6,600 4,500 23,500
Total surface area (acres) 44,613,900 44,613,900 44,613,900 44,613,900

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 107,825 99,171 95,320
Land in Farms (acres) 29,026,573 28,266,137 27,781,883
Cropland (acres) 16,405,595 15,259,319 15,599,446
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 6,864,391 7,064,562 6,882,610
Woodland (acres) 4,414,396 4,551,644 4,064,345
Land in Buildings (acres) 1,342,191 1,390,612 1,235,482
Total Land Area (acres) 44,611,926 44,611,926 44,611,926
All operators/All producers 163,553 152,817 162,345
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 13,404 12,603 14,774
All operators/All producers 65 and older 42,075 44,431 55,158
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 98,326
Principal producers 129,039
Principal producers 34 and younger 11,024
Principal producers 65 and older 46,981
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 30,713
Principal operators / Primary producers 107,825 99,171 95,320
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 6,326 6,230 7,474
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 33,187 33,654 36,865
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 21,178
Market value of agricultural products sold $7,512,926,000 $9,164,886,000 $10,525,938,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $69,677 $92,415 $110,427
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $20,982,000 $19,664,000 $30,330,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $40,332,000

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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