NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. Give every person one acre, and you’d cover about 13% of the USA. 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. VANEK SMITH: Stacey Vanek Smith, NPR News. U.S. farmers have planted 91.7 million acres of corn in 2019, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This page was last edited on 25 December 2020, at 01:58. Sept. 9 (UPI) --At least 15 people have died in California, Oregon and Washington as a result of wildfires burning throughout the western United States, which … It may also be remembered as 1% short of 44,000 square feet. Originally, an acre was understood as a selion of land sized at forty perches (660 ft, or 1 furlong) long and four perches (66 ft) wide;[4] this may have also been understood as an approximation of the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plough in one day (a furlong being "a furrow long"). Copyright © 2019 NPR. Most of the Canadian Prairie Provinces and the US Midwest are on square-mile grids for surveying purposes. acres in the United States (as of September 30, 2017), consisting of military bases, training ranges, and more. Also in the box - the fries. The United States has more than 2.4 billion acres of total area (land and water). And then of course there is the paper that the Happy Meal box is made out of. 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. In addition to the 755.3 million the government also owns 820 million acres of the continental shelf. OK, so the main events of the Happy Meal is of course the beef burger. But also, private land ownership, which is also on the rise. For example, about 250,000 acres of forested wetlands were created between 1998 and 2004, according to the U.S. 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. This statistic shows the total farmland area in the United States from 2000 to 2019. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. But how does that land get used? 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. The full field, including the end zones, covers about 1.32 acres (0.53 ha). Some states, however, had relatively large shares of organic farmland. VANEK SMITH: All told, that is nearly 1.6 billion acres of land for just those three uses. The acre is related to the square mile, with 640 acres making up one square mile. In this study, relating turf grass area to fractional impervious surface area, it was estimated that potentially 163,812 km2 (± 35,850 km2) of land are cultivated with some form of lawn in the continental United States, an area three times larger than that of any irrigated crop. 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. The acre is a unit of land area used in the imperial and US customary systems. All rights reserved. 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 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]'. Vermont’s 134,000 certified organic acres accounted for 11% of its total 1.25 million farm acres. The average size of farms in the United States has seen a steady increase over the last decade. LEATHERBY: That's by far the fastest growing. So what is the third biggest use of land in the U.S.? Agriculture contributes $992 billion to the American economy each year. The land area of the lower 48 states is approximately 1.9 billion acres. How many acres does Drummond family own? 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. These data are used to develop a consistent set of national estimates that provide insights into how land uses change over time. An acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover an acre to the depth of one foot. VANEK SMITH: What was the second biggest use of land in the U.S.? lands in the United States is constantly changing. The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. In English, it was historically spelled aker. [7], In October 2019, U.S. National Geodetic Survey and National Institute of Standards and Technology announced their joint intent to end the "temporary" continuance of the US survey foot, mile and acre units (as permitted by their 1959 decision, above), with effect from the end of 2022. "In 2017, the United States produced zero rare earth minerals. In most U.S. states, there could be more lawn than any single irrigated crop. This article takes a look at the latter; specifically the four major deserts of the southwestern US. Accuracy and availability may vary. She's a data journalist from Bloomberg News. 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). Wheat for the bun - 21.5 million acres. STACEY VANEK SMITH, BYLINE: And this got us thinking. 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 From what I can see the number appears to be closer to 3 or 4%. [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. About 41% was used for either grazing or to grow food for livestock - was, really, pretty surprising to us. In the past 10 years, it's been growing at a rate of about 1 million acres per year. Soybeans traditionally come in second to corn as the most planted crop in the U.S. 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. 5. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. “The Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond is one of the biggest landowners in the United States according to a new report. Many other agencies administer the remaining federal acreage. There are 640 acres to a square mile. Before the enactment of the metric system, many countries in Europe used their own official acres. And so that's corn for livestock, soy for livestock. A description of the differences between the August 2019 NASS crop acre estimates and the FSA certified acres reported to FSA can be found on the Office of the Chief Economist website, click this link for more information. One mile is 5280 feet (1760 yards). As a unit of measure, an acre has no prescribed shape; any area of 43,560 square feet is an acre. These subunits would typically then again be divided into quarters, with each side being ​1⁄4 mile long, and being ​1⁄16 of a square mile in area, or 40 acres. Cropland is about a fifth of the U.S. That's 538.6 million acres. Traditionally, in the Middle Ages, an acre was defined as the area of land that could be ploughed in one day by a yoke of oxen.[3]. 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. It's a Happy Meal. It's hundreds of millions of acres big, and it's full of resources, not to mention some of the most productive land on Earth. The U.S. has all of this land, and it's been such an amazing resource for the country and for the economy. There are only three states with more than 100 million acres of total area in the United States: Alaska, Texas & California. That is the number recognized by the National Geological Survey. Learn more about the history of forestry and the changes in forested acres in the United States. [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. 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. Within this large area, the country is divided into several environments, from snow-capped mountains to hot, sandy deserts. Areas are seldom measured with sufficient accuracy for the different definitions to be detectable. 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. So that's the size of about Phoenix and LA and Houston combined, every year, growing in urban area. Together, the five agencies manage about 615.3 million acres, or 27% of the U.S. land base. 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. [citation needed], Its use as a primary unit for trade in the United Kingdom ceased to be permitted from 1 October 1995, due to the 1994 amendment of the Weights and Measures Act,[34] where it was replaced by the hectare  – though its use as a supplementary unit continues to be permitted indefinitely. 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. In 2018, the average farm size reached 443 acres, up from 418 acres in 2007. 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). Surveyors in the United States use both international and survey feet, and consequently, both varieties of acre. A million acres of potatoes are grown in the U.S. Based upon the International yard and pound agreement of 1959, an acre may be declared as exactly 4,046.8564224 square metres. Most of the top landowners in the U.S. are cattle ranchers and oil barons. Despite an unusually wet spring followed by an unusually cool June, America’s corn farmers planted even more than they did last year. 2018 acreage data as of January 28, 2019 (ZIP, 19 MB, December 03, 2018) Used to simplify the math and for marketing, it is nearly 10% smaller than a survey acre. 10% of the world’s arable acres lie within the United States. In Germany there were many variants of the Acker, differing between the German states: Statutory values for the acre were enacted in England, and subsequently the United Kingdom, by acts of: Historically, the size of farms and landed estates in the United Kingdom was usually expressed in acres (or acres, roods, and perches), even if the number of acres was so large that it might conveniently have been expressed in square miles. For the first time in 35 years, soybeans were expected to be the most planted agricultural crop in the United States, according to the USDA. 31 million acres of farmland lost to development, in total, between 1992 and 2012. California, Maine and New York followed in largest shares of organic acreage – in each, certified organic acres made up … ", "Amount of UK farmland put up for sale shrinks as prices fall", "God's Acre – Definition of God's acre by Merriam-Webster", The Units of Measurement Regulations 1995 (United Kingdom), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Acre&oldid=996193661, Customary units of measurement in the United States, Articles needing additional references from May 2017, All articles needing additional references, Articles that may contain original research from December 2017, All articles that may contain original research, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2019, Articles containing Old English (ca. In western Canada and the western United States, divisions of land area were typically based on the square mile, and fractions thereof. It is esti­ mated that, on average, over 60 acres of wetlands have been lost every hour in the lower 48 states during this 200-year timespan. 1 international acre is equal to the following metric units: 1 acre (both variants) is equal to the following customary units: Perhaps the easiest way for US residents to envision an acre is as a rectangle measuring 88 yards by 55 yards (​1⁄10 of 880 yards by ​1⁄16 of 880 yards), about ​9⁄10 the size of a standard American football field. Fish and Wildlife Service. But that still leaves us with about 700 million 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. 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And then we get to a relatively small category, which is urban areas. Builder's acre – In US construction and real estate development, an area of 40,000 square feet (200 x 200 ft. square). By inference, an "international acre" may be calculated as exactly 4,046.8564224 square me… The United States lost an average of 384,350 hectares (949,750 acres) of forest each year between 1990 and 2010. 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. 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. 2018 Crop Year. https://www.infoplease.com/us/states/land-and-water-area-of-states To date, 57,480 wildfires have burned more than 10.3 million acres across the United States. There are 2.2 Billion acres onshore. Acreage (June 2019) 5 USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Principal Crops Area Planted – States and United States: 2017-2019 [Crops included in area planted are corn, sorghum, oats, barley, rye, winter wheat, Durum wheat, other spring wheat, rice, soybeans, peanuts, 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. [31], In India, residential plots are measured in square feet, while agricultural land is measured in acres. How exactly are we using this resource? Thus, there are 2.43 billion acres in the USA. Downloads. In 1967, … [6], Since the difference between the US survey acre and international acre (0.016 square metres, 160 square centimetres or 24.8 square inches), is only about a quarter of the size of an A4 sheet or US letter, it is usually not important which one is being discussed. How many acres a day is the United States losing to land development? The Normandy acre was equal to 1.6 arpents, the unit of area more commonly used in Northern France outside of Normandy. The acre is a statute measure in the United States, in the United Kingdom and in almost all countries of the former British Empire: in most it is lawful to "use for trade" if given as supplementary information and is not used for land registration. LEATHERBY: Forestland. In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was … [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. But, first, I want to speak with Lauren Leatherby. [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]'. ack Simplot (1909-2008) was a farmer’s farmer. One recognised symbol for the acre is ac,[1] but the word "acre" is also used as the symbol.[2]. Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from NPR's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, look at how all that land is divvied up. [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]. U.S. land area covers nearly 2.3 billion acres. The Normandy acre was usually divided in 4 vergées (roods) and 160 square perches, like the English acre. [8][9], The Puerto Rican cuerda (0.39 ha; 0.97 acres) is sometimes called the "Spanish acre" in the continental United States. Overview of Land Use in the United States- The U.S. has 2.3 billion acres of land. The USA is 3,797,000 square miles. But it was quite striking to see this massive chunk of the U.S. designated as forestland, and about 2% of that goes away and then comes back every year (laughter) - gets replanted. Top crops in each state: Mostly lawn, but a heart of gold. 4. CARDIFF GARCIA, BYLINE: The U.S. is enormous. The most common use of the acre is to measure tracts of land. What was the biggest use of land in the U.S.? Presidential Christmas Trees. Simplot Family - 82,500 farmland acres. ), 4,046.8564224 square metres (or a square with approximately 63.61 m sides), 4,046.87261 square metres (1 square kilometre is equal to 247.105 acres), 1 acre is approximately 208.71 feet × 208.71 feet (a square), A furlong by a chain (furlong 220 yards, chain 22 yards), Customary acre – The customary acre was a measure of roughly similar size to the acre described above, but it was subject to considerable local variation similar to the variation found in. The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. The 15% number strikes me as high. It's about 1.9 billion acres of land that we're dealing with, entirely. This article is about the unit of area measure. 109,000 cemeteries. However, 375 million acres are in Alaska and not suitable for agricultural production. [5] By inference, an "international acre" may be calculated as exactly 4,046.8564224 square metres but it does not have a basis in any international agreement. The United States covers nearly 3.8 million square miles. I found a few rough estimates that may shed some light on this. For many Americans, especially people living in Western states such as California, fires in recent years have felt worse than they can remember. A square enclosing one acre is approximately 69.57 yards, or 208 feet 9 inches (63.61 metres), on a side. LEATHERBY: So that's cropland. Alaska has more acres than Texas, California & Montana combined. There are 1.9 billion acres of land in the continental United States. The Federal Governmnet still owns 755.3 million acres or about a third. The word "acre" is derived from Old English æcer originally meaning "open field", cognate with west coast Norwegian ækre, Icelandic akur, Swedish åker, German Acker, Dutch akker, Latin ager, Sanskrit ajr, and Greek αγρός (agros). Im sure you could never know how many in actuallity since many are probably abandoned and overgrown or forgotten family burial sites. 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[32] In Sri Lanka, the division of an acre into 160 perches or 4 roods is common. For example, a certain landowner might have been said to own 32,000 acres of land, not 50 square miles of land. 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. Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from NPR's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, look at … 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 Food Network star’s family reportedly owns 433,000 acres of land, making her the 23rd largest land owner in the country. That is the second largest use of land in the U.S. - unprotected forest. 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. Alaska accounts for more than 17% of the total acres in the United States. China, on the other hand, accounted for more than 80 percent of the world's supply," the report stated. The USDA reported that farmers intended to plant 89 million acres of soybeans and 88 million acres of corn in 2018. So if we add all of these things up together, that is roughly 1.5 billion acres of land of the 1.9 billion available all wrapped up in this Happy Meal. Mojave Desert The landscape of the Mojave Desert. The ERS Major Land Uses series is the longest running accounting of all major uses of public and private land in all 50 States. LEATHERBY: Just livestock in general. 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