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Nebraska Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Nebraska 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 49,503,100
Agricultural land in 2016 44,877,200
Cropland in 2016 20,238,800
Pastureland in 2016 1,996,500
Rangeland  in 2016 22,441,100
Woodland in 2016 200,800
Agricultural land in 2001 44,484,600

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 16,248,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 16,246,800
Best agricultural land in 2016 22,533,400
Best agricultural land in 2001 22,336,600

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 66,400
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 43,400
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 23,000
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 29,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 19,100
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 10,600
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 33,700
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 17,600
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 16,100

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 29,100 31,500 11,400 162,000
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 45,695,400 45,655,700 45,643,200 45,906,700
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 11,727,900 11,719,800 11,727,700 11,740,700
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 1,500 1,800 NA 7,300
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA 1,600 3,500 6,300
Total surface area (acres) 49,509,600 49,509,600 49,509,600 49,509,600

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 47,712 49,969 46,332
Land in Farms (acres) 45,480,358 45,331,783 44,986,821
Cropland (acres) 21,486,025 21,597,393 22,242,599
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 22,619,904 22,297,424 21,531,851
Woodland (acres) 409,785 442,660 352,535
Land in Buildings (acres) 964,644 994,306 859,836
Total Land Area (acres) 49,503,142 49,503,142 49,503,142
All operators/All producers 71,924 75,855 78,015
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 6,582 8,416 8,226
All operators/All producers 65 and older 16,715 17,491 23,787
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 48,716
Principal producers 60,849
Principal producers 34 and younger 6,374
Principal producers 65 and older 19,790
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 12,133
Principal operators / Primary producers 47,712 49,969 46,332
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 3,353 4,747 4,622
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 13,062 13,177 15,702
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 8,680
Market value of agricultural products sold $15,506,035,000 $23,068,756,000 $21,983,430,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $324,992 $461,661 $474,476
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $5,902,000 $8,360,000 $9,041,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $8,560,000

 

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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