NRCS releases report on ag land conditions |

NRCS releases report on ag land conditions

Cropland erosion rates remained stable between 2007 and 2010 despite extreme weather events and specialty crop acreage has surged, the Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a report today.

“We expected to see an increase in the erosion, but our numbers told a different story,” said Patrick Flanagan, national statistician for NRCS.

National Resources Inventory data also show that between 2007 and 2010:

▪ Fruit, nut and flower production acreage surged from 124.8 million to almost 273.8 million.

▪ Cropland acres increased by 2 million acres, this following a steady decline over the previous 25 years.

▪ Pastureland increased by 847,000 acres.

▪ Developed land increased by 2 percent from 111.1 million to 113.3 million acres.

▪ Palustrine wetlands slightly increased. These include swamps or marshes, and estuarine wetlands.

▪ Acres enrolled in NRCS programs grew from about 17 million acres in 2007 to about 40 million in 2010.