For many Americans, especially people living in Western states such as California, fires in recent years have felt worse than they can remember. LEATHERBY: Forestland. [10], The acre is commonly used in a number of current and former Commonwealth countries by custom, and in a few it continues as a statute measure. For other uses, see, Comparison of some Imperial and metric units of area, The area of one acre (red) superposed on an, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, International yard and pound agreement of 1959, Act on the Composition of Yards and Perches, (n.d.) 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In 2014, farms in the United States occupied a total area of approximately 913 million acres. It's a Happy Meal. Thus, there are 2.43 billion acres in the USA. Within this large area, the country is divided into several environments, from snow-capped mountains to hot, sandy deserts. While all modern variants of the acre contain 4,840 square yards, there are alternative definitions of a yard, so the exact size of an acre depends upon the particular yard on which it is based. However, 375 million acres are in Alaska and not suitable for agricultural production. These include Antigua and Barbuda,[11] American Samoa,[12] The Bahamas,[13] Belize,[14] the British Virgin Islands,[15] the Cayman Islands,[16] Dominica,[17] the Falkland Islands,[18] Grenada,[19] Ghana,[20] Guam,[21] the Northern Mariana Islands,[22] Jamaica,[23] Montserrat,[24] Samoa,[25] Saint Lucia,[26] St. Helena,[27] St. Kitts and Nevis,[28] St. Vincent and the Grenadines,[29] Turks and Caicos,[30] the United Kingdom, the United States and the US Virgin Islands. 4. Give every person one acre, and you’d cover about 13% of the USA. But, first, I want to speak with Lauren Leatherby. In the United States, farmland was typically divided as such, and the phrase "the back 40" would refer to the 40-acre parcel to the back of the farm. According to the Act on the Composition of Yards and Perches, dating from around 1300, an acre is "40 perches [rods] in length and four in breadth",[42] meaning 220 yards by 22 yards. [33], In Pakistan, residential plots is measured in Kanal (20 marla= 1 Kanal= 500 sq yards) and open/agriculture land measurement is in acres(25 Kanal= 1 Acre) and Muraba (8 Acre= 1 Muraba = 200 Kanals), jerib, wiswa and gunta. 450-1100)-language text, Articles containing Norwegian-language text, Articles containing Icelandic-language text, Articles containing Swedish-language text, Articles containing Sanskrit-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 0.40468564224 hectare (A square with 100 m sides has an area of 1 hectare. The Food Network star’s family reportedly owns 433,000 acres of land, making her the 23rd largest land owner in the country. 2018 acreage data as of January 28, 2019 (ZIP, 19 MB, December 03, 2018) STACEY VANEK SMITH, BYLINE: And this got us thinking. The USDA reported that farmers intended to plant 89 million acres of soybeans and 88 million acres of corn in 2018. The Normandy acre was equal to 1.6 arpents, the unit of area more commonly used in Northern France outside of Normandy. U.S. land area covers nearly 2.3 billion acres. Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from NPR's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, look at how all that land is divvied up. lands in the United States is constantly changing. OK, so the main events of the Happy Meal is of course the beef burger. [35] The measure is still used to communicate with the public,[37] and informally (non-contract) by the farming and property industries.[38][39][40]. The average size of farms in the United States has seen a steady increase over the last decade. If the square mile is divided into quarters, each quarter has a side length of ​1⁄2 mile (880 yards) and is ​1⁄4 square mile in area, or 160 acres. The full field, including the end zones, covers about 1.32 acres (0.53 ha). The United States is home to over 318 million people and 2.27 billion acres of land. acres in the United States (as of September 30, 2017), consisting of military bases, training ranges, and more. Most of the Canadian Prairie Provinces and the US Midwest are on square-mile grids for surveying purposes. [8][9], The Puerto Rican cuerda (0.39 ha; 0.97 acres) is sometimes called the "Spanish acre" in the continental United States. Most of the top landowners in the U.S. are cattle ranchers and oil barons. And she went through the reports issued from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The United States lost an average of 384,350 hectares (949,750 acres) of forest each year between 1990 and 2010. For example, a certain landowner might have been said to own 32,000 acres of land, not 50 square miles of land. LEATHERBY: Just livestock in general. VANEK SMITH: All told, that is nearly 1.6 billion acres of land for just those three uses. There are 1.9 billion acres of land in the continental United States. In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was … And that's a combination of unprotected forestland, which means that it's not a part of a national park or state park, and about 14% was owned by corporations. The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. VANEK SMITH: Stacey Vanek Smith, NPR News. 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In the past 10 years, it's been growing at a rate of about 1 million acres per year. Downloads. And so that's corn for livestock, soy for livestock. But how does that land get used? [a] As detailed in the box on the right, an acre was roughly the amount of land tillable by a yoke of oxen in one day.[43]. [31], In India, residential plots are measured in square feet, while agricultural land is measured in acres. Hay predominates in the West, however, and in Nebraska and Kansas, there are more acres of corn than anything else. I looked and could not find an acreage notation. In France, the acre (spelled exactly the same as in English) was used only in Normandy, but its value varied greatly across Normandy, ranging from 3,632 to 9,725 square metres, with 8,172 square metres being the most frequent value. Mojave Desert The landscape of the Mojave Desert. 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VANEK SMITH: And this is of course the largest use of land in the U.S. - that is, cow pasture - 654 million acres, plus the feed for the livestock, which is 127.4 million acres. The USA is 3,797,000 square miles. [35] This was with exemption of Land registration,[34] which records the sale and possession of land,[36] in 2010 HM Land Registry ended its exemption. There are 640 acres to a square mile. One acre equals ​1⁄640 (0.0015625) square mile, 4,840 square yards, 43,560 square feet,[2] or about 4,047 square metres (0.4047 hectares) (see below). I found a few rough estimates that may shed some light on this. Cropland is about a fifth of the U.S. Some states, however, had relatively large shares of organic farmland. The Federal Governmnet still owns 755.3 million acres or about a third. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Builder's acre – In US construction and real estate development, an area of 40,000 square feet (200 x 200 ft. square). This page was last edited on 25 December 2020, at 01:58. That’s 175 acres per hour of agricultural land lost to development – 3 acres … The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. The United States has more than 2.4 billion acres of total area (land and water). Based upon the International yard and pound agreement of 1959, an acre may be declared as exactly 4,046.8564224 square metres. Im sure you could never know how many in actuallity since many are probably abandoned and overgrown or forgotten family burial sites. How exactly are we using this resource? The acre is related to the square mile, with 640 acres making up one square mile. In the United States both the international acre and the US survey acre are in use, but they differ by only two parts per million, see below. Vermont’s 134,000 certified organic acres accounted for 11% of its total 1.25 million farm acres. There are only three states with more than 100 million acres of total area in the United States: Alaska, Texas & California. About 41% was used for either grazing or to grow food for livestock - was, really, pretty surprising to us. Despite an unusually wet spring followed by an unusually cool June, America’s corn farmers planted even more than they did last year. In most U.S. states, there could be more lawn than any single irrigated crop. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. How many acres does Drummond family own? In Canada, the Paris arpent used in Quebec before the metric system was adopted is sometimes called "French acre" in English, even though the Paris arpent and the Normandy acre were two very different units of area in ancient France (the Paris arpent became the unit of area of French Canada, whereas the Normandy acre was never used in French Canada). One mile is 5280 feet (1760 yards). Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from NPR's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, look at … Both the international acre and the US survey acre contain ​1⁄640 of a square mile or 4,840 square yards, but alternative definitions of a yard are used (see survey foot and survey yard), so the exact size of an acre depends upon which yard it is based. 10% of the world’s arable acres lie within the United States. Alaska accounts for more than 17% of the total acres in the United States. From what I can see the number appears to be closer to 3 or 4%. In the international yard and pound agreement of 1959, the United States and five countries of the Commonwealth of Nations defined the international yard to be exactly 0.9144 metre. VANEK SMITH: After going over the land use data myself, I came up with this object that I think really represents in one word - I guess it's actually two words - how we use land in the U.S. California, Maine and New York followed in largest shares of organic acreage – in each, certified organic acres made up … Many other agencies administer the remaining federal acreage. "In 2017, the United States produced zero rare earth minerals. How many acres a day is the United States losing to land development? 5. And then we get to a relatively small category, which is urban areas. [5] The US authorities decided that, while the refined definition would apply nationally in all other respects, the US survey foot (and thus the survey acre) would continue 'until such a time as it becomes desirable and expedient to readjust [it]'. In western Canada and the western United States, divisions of land area were typically based on the square mile, and fractions thereof. But what's interesting is that the amount of food that we eat from all of that cropland, a lot of it is used for livestock. FSC Certified Acres by State As of 2019 (Updated May 2020) PDF, Size: 32,33 KB Added: Wednesday, 29.08.2012 Updated: Wednesday, 13.05.2020; FSC Acres by State - Map An acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover an acre to the depth of one foot. CARDIFF GARCIA, BYLINE: The U.S. is enormous. That is the second largest use of land in the U.S. - unprotected forest. And Cardiff, I will present you with the object that I think best represents how we use land in the U.S. A total of almost 4 million hectares (10 million acres) of timber is harvested each year, but most of that timber regenerates and remains classified as forested land, albeit at a … There are 2.2 Billion acres onshore. Soybeans traditionally come in second to corn as the most planted crop in the U.S. The land area that now makes up the United States origi­ nally contained almost 392 million acres of wetlands (221 million acres in the lower 48 states). In a 2005 NASA-sponsored study, it was estimated that the area covered by lawns in the United States to be about 128,000 square kilometres (49,000 sq mi), making it the nation's largest irrigated crop by area. What was the biggest use of land in the U.S.? LEATHERBY: That's by far the fastest growing. A square enclosing one acre is approximately 69.57 yards, or 208 feet 9 inches (63.61 metres), on a side. For residents of other countries, the acre might be envisioned as rather more than half of a 1.76 acres (0.71 ha) football pitch. Together, the five agencies manage about 615.3 million acres, or 27% of the U.S. land base. Copyright © 2019 NPR. The co-hosts of NPR's daily economics podcast The Indicator, Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia, use a familiar fast-food meal to answer that question. These data are used to develop a consistent set of national estimates that provide insights into how land uses change over time. One recognised symbol for the acre is ac,[1] but the word "acre" is also used as the symbol.[2]. It is traditionally defined as the area of one chain by one furlong (66 by 660 feet), which is exactly equal to 10 square chains, ​1⁄640 of a square mile, or 43,560 square feet, and approximately 4,047 m2, or about 40% of a hectare. VANEK SMITH: What was the second biggest use of land in the U.S.? To date, 57,480 wildfires have burned more than 10.3 million acres across the United States. Presidential Christmas Trees. The most common use of the acre is to measure tracts of land. U.S. farmers have planted 91.7 million acres of corn in 2019, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The United States covers nearly 3.8 million square miles. The Normandy acre was usually divided in 4 vergées (roods) and 160 square perches, like the English acre. This article is about the unit of area measure. https://www.infoplease.com/us/states/land-and-water-area-of-states It may also be remembered as 1% short of 44,000 square feet. Overview of Land Use in the United States- The U.S. has 2.3 billion acres of land. 31 million acres of farmland lost to development, in total, between 1992 and 2012. In English, it was historically spelled aker. Areas are seldom measured with sufficient accuracy for the different definitions to be detectable. All rights reserved. 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