Chapter 2: Goals & Data

Goal 5: Agricultural lands and soils will be available, affordable, and conserved for future generations of farmers and to meet the needs of Vermont’s food system.

Development pressures have consistently and historically decreased farmland across the country. Conserving the agricultural landscape of Vermont and the region and ensuring affordable access to farmland are key components to the long-term sustainability of Vermont and New England's food system. What does the data show? Total farmland in New England has decreased 9.1% (421,630 acres) from 1982 to 2012. Vermont has lost the most farmland in New England during that timeframe: 322,728 acres (a 20.5% decrease). From 1997 to 2012, New England experienced a slight rebound with a 1.7% (69,888) increase in farmland. However, Vermont experienced a 4.8% (63,602 acres) decrease during this period.

Download Goal Data (XLSX 1MB)

Performance Measurement: To increase the number of acres of farmland in active agricultural production.

Additional Indicators -Show Additional Indicators & Performance Measurements

CategoriesData Source
Land in Agriculture (2007) Census of Agriculture, County Summary Highlights
Agricultural Soils Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Changes in Land Use/Cover (1982-2007) Farmland Information Center
National Resources Inventory (2007) National Resources Inventory
Vermont Current Use Program (Current Use Appraisal Program - Participant Tax Savings spreadsheet) Vermont Department of Taxes
Farmland Conserved Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Vermont Farmland Sale Prices State of Vermont Property Transfer Tax System
Average Value per Acre National Agricultural Statistics Service