|A new report on the status and conditions of America’s agricultural lands shows cropland erosion rates remained stable between 2007 and 2010, despite a growth in agricultural land use and more extreme weather events.
“We expected to see an increase in the erosion, but our numbers told a different story,” said Dr. Patrick Flanagan, national statistician for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
NRCS’ latest National Resources Inventory summary report features data on how U.S. non-federal rural lands are being used. Data come from 800,000 sample locations across the country.
NRI data also show that between 2007 and 2010:
“The NRI summary report is the only report of its kind and is one of our most comprehensive tools to understanding what’s actually happening on the country’s landscape,” said NRCS Chief Jason Weller.
Download the NRI report here.