Extension Ag Update
March/April 2008
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Ag Facts

“The United States’ land area totals nearly 2.3 billion acres.

  • 52 % = agricultural purposes accounted for 52 percent of total U.S. land,
  • 35 % = grazing area comprised 35 % of the total and two-thirds of all agricultural land.
  • 28.8 % = forest-use land 651 million acres
  • 25.9 % = grassland pasture and range, 587 million acres
  • 19.5 % = cropland, 442 million acres
  • 13.1 % = special uses, 297 million acres
  • 10.1 % = miscellaneous other uses, 228 million acres
  • 2.6 % = urban land, 60 million
  • 4.2 % nonurban land-use categories, about 94 million acres”

Source: Major Uses of Land in the U.S.
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/EIB14/eib14_reportsummary.pdf