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New Jersey Data and Statistics

Welcome to the New Jersey 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 4,933,100
Agricultural land in 2016 782,300
Cropland in 2016 447,700
Pastureland in 2016 131,900
Rangeland  in 2016 0
Woodland in 2016 202,700
Agricultural land in 2001 819,100

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 475,400
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 501,700
Best agricultural land in 2016 412,800
Best agricultural land in 2001 414,600

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 70,900
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 32,200
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 38,600
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 45,900
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 21,000
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 24,800
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 28,800
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 7,400
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 21,400

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 40,700 17,900 7,000 277,100
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 719,700 656,400 637,200 1,023,100
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 373,700 332,000 320,300 493,400
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 76,200 33,100 17,200 368,800
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 3,600 2,600 NA 30,300
Total surface area (acres) 5,215,600 5,215,600 5,215,600 5,215,600

 


Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 10,327 9,071 9,883
Land in Farms (acres) 733,450 715,057 734,084
Cropland (acres) 488,697 456,751 463,019
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 54,007 64,304 63,995
Woodland (acres) 131,312 132,940 145,302
Land in Buildings (acres) 59,434 61,062 61,768
Total Land Area (acres) 4,933,089 4,933,089 4,933,089
All operators/All producers 16,182 14,574 16,873
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 901 775 1,017
All operators/All producers 65 and older 3,698 4,057 5,659
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 10,484
Principal producers 13,514
Principal producers 34 and younger 624
Principal producers 65 and older 4,934
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 3,030
Principal operators / Primary producers 10,327 9,071 9,883
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 289 208 373
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 2,847 3,064 3,856
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm 2,092
Market value of agricultural products sold $986,885,000 $1,006,936,000 $1,097,950,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $95,564 $111,006 $111,095
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $30,106,000 $33,308,000 $89,087,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products $101,405,000

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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