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Vermont Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Vermont 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 6,154,300
Agricultural land in 2016 1,320,400
Cropland in 2016 535,100
Pastureland in 2016 290,300
Rangeland  in 2016 0
Woodland in 2016 494,900
Agricultural land in 2001 1,359,700

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 463,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 469,600
Best agricultural land in 2016 657,300
Best agricultural land in 2001 660,500
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 21,400
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 3,600
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 17,800
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 8,300
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 1,500
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 6,800
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 10,000
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 1,000
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 9,100

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed (acres) 7,000 7,200 2,800 43,800
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 930,100 879,900 858,300 1,083,600
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 196,500 193,800 186,300 216,00
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 16,600 13,300 8,300 92,400
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) NA 0 NA NA
Total surface area (acres) 6,153,600 6,153,600 6,153,600 6,153,600

Census of Agriculture

Data Item 2007 2012 2017
Farms 6,984 7,338 6,808
Land in Farms (acres) 1,233,313 1,251,713 1,193,437
Cropland (acres) 516,924 488,327 479,680
Permanent Pasture and Rangeland (acres) 137,165 139,976 112,348
Woodland (acres) 502,823 536,075 527,520
Land in Buildings (acres) 76,401 87,335 73,889
Total Land Area (acres) 6,154,331 6,154,331 6,154,331
All operators/All producers 11,392 12,257 12,540
All operators/All producers 34 and younger 927 1,101 1,205
All operators/All producers 65 and older 2,440 2,914 3,758
All producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm --- --- 7,083
Principal producers --- --- 9,845
Principal producers 34 and younger --- --- 831
Principal producers 65 and older --- --- 3,204
Principal producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm --- --- 2,762
Principal operators / Primary producers 6,984 7,338 6,808
Principal operators / Primary producers 34 and younger 374 418 497
Principal operators / Primary producers 65 and older 1,829 2,076 2,383
Primary producers with experience of 10 years or less on any farm --- --- 1,784
Market value of agricultural products sold $673,713,000 $776,105,000 $780,968,000
Average market value of agricultural products sold per operation $96,465 $105,765 $114,713
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to consumers $22,863,000 $27,430,000 $49,971,000
Market value of agricultural products sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and food hubs for local or regionally branded products --- --- $54,134,000
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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