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New Hampshire Data and Statistics

Welcome to the New Hampshire 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, the Census of Agriculture, and the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program survey. You also can link to additional information and data sources.

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Farms Under Threat

National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

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 5,937,900
Agricultural land in 2016 431,800
Cropland in 2016 135,500
Pastureland in 2016 75,100
Rangeland  in 2016 0
Woodland in 2016 221,200
Agricultural land in 2001 428,000

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 121,100
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 120,200
Best agricultural land in 2016 221,000
Best agricultural land in 2001 216,100

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 11,600
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 4,600
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 7,000
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 2,800
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 900
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 1,900
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 4,500
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 1,100
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 3,400

2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 6,100 5,200 NA 43,500
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 253,600 243,200 235,300 308,600
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 46,100 45,100 43,500 59,000
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 35,100 39,100 16,900 283,700
Other rual land converted to developed land (acres) NA NA 0 5,200
Total surface area (acres) 5,941,000 5,941,000 5,941,000 5,941,000

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 4,166 4,391 4,123
Land in Farms (acres) 471,911 474,065 425,393
Cropland (acres) 128,938 98,268 107,996
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 33,508 31,141 28,605
Woodland (acres) 278,244 304,801 249,540
Land in Buildings (acres) 31,221 39,855 39,252
Total Land Area (acres) 5,937,948 5,937,948 5,937,948
All operators/All producers 7,022 7,300 7,346
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 474 580 517
All operators/All producers 65 and older 1,416 1,874 2,449
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 4,195
Principal producers 5,847
Principal producers 34 and younger 394
Principal producers 65 and older 2,063
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 1,652
Principal operators / Primary producers 4,166 4,391 4,123
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 166 201 212
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 1,039 1,338 1,555
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 1,098
Market value of agricultural products sold $199,051,000 $190,907,000 $187,794,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $47,780 $43,477 $45,548
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $16,021,000 $20,321,000 $32,279,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $8,323,000

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.

 


Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

For summaries of PACE activity by state, use the links for the downloadable table or most recent fact sheets on the national statistics page under Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs.


Other Data Sources

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