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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

2002 2007 2012
Farms 6,571 6,984 7,338
Land in farms (acres) 1,244,909 1,233,313 1,251,713
Total land area (acres) 5,919,718 5,898,698 5,898,679
Principal operators 6,571 6,984 7,338
Total operators 10,784 11,932 12,257
Principal operators 34 and younger 315 374 418
Principal operators 65 and older 1,394 1,829 2,076
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 242,504 295,533 324,514
Beginning farmers 1,719 1,814 2,065
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 473,065 673,713 776,105

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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