Alabama's Agricultural Land Use Change, 1950–2012

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

You'll learn about:

  • How to assess Alabama's agricultural land-use trends
  • How to measure the loss of agricultural land in the state between 1950 and 2012
  • How to determine the key factors responsible for the loss of Alabama agricultural land

According to the National Resource Inventory Report, Alabama 19972012, Alabama has lost agricultural land more quickly than almost any other state over the last 60 years. This poster assesses the agricultural land-trends of Alabama and measures the loss of the state's agricultural land between 1950 and 2012 using data collected from the U.S. Census of Agriculture 1950–2012 as well as electronic sources. 

The data indicate that, between 1950–2012, Alabama lost more than 60,702 square kilometers of crop and pasture land to urbanization (USDA, 1945–2007). In addition to loss of farmland, the number of farm operators has sharply declined—according to 2007 U.S. Census of Agriculture, the number of farmers in the state is less than two percent of the state’s total population. Learn why, if this trend continues, Alabama could become a major importer of food within the next 50 years.