Farmland by the Numbers: 2007 National Resources Inventory
Farmland loss is an issue ofnational importance.The largest acreage loss was inTexas, which had a staggering 2.9million, followed by Florida andCalifornia with both losing morethan 1.5 million acres. Another34 states lost more than 250,000acres each.
In the United States, we’ve been losing more than an acre offarmland per minute. States losing the largest proportion oftheir land were clustered in the Northeast, with New Jerseyand Rhode Island each losing more than 20 percent.
Even farming areas thatwere thought to be so big,so productive and soimportant as to be almostuntouchable are in danger.Florida and California, twoof the three statesexperiencing the largestacre losses of agriculturalland, currently account for47 percent of the nation’svegetables and 71 percent ofits fruit production based onmarket value.
Despite pressures fromgrowth, some statesdeveloped relativelyless land and wereable to protect moreacreage of land thanwhat was lost.
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