Conversion of agricultural land to urban and low-density residential development between 1992 and 2012
The development of agricultural land is shown in relationship to the low-to-high continuum of productive, versatile, and resilient values for agricultural land. The conversion of agricultural land to urban and low-density residential uses between 1992 and 2012 is shown as high (dark brown-red, > 25% conversion within a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) radius), moderate (light brown-red, 10–25% conversion) and low (tan, 5–10% conversion). Urban areas are shown in gray.
The extent and distribution of agricultural land in 2012
Agricultural land in the continental United States, shown here in shades of yellow and green, encompass roughly 912 million acres of non-federal land, including cropland, pastureland, rangeland and woodland associated with farms. This agricultural land provides a rich and varied landscape that is part of a larger mosaic of land cover/uses, including forestland, federal land, federal land grazed bylivestock, and other rural land, as well as urban and low-density residential development.