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Urban development increased by 30% over the prior update.
Vineyard development helped offset irrigated farmland losses in some areas of the state.

California land use conversion reflected the strong economy and specific agricultural trends of the late 1990’s. Statewide urbanization exceeded 90,000 acres for the first time since 1990-1992. Prime Farmland accounted for 19% of the 91,258 new urban acres, and other irrigated farmland categories comprised an additional 8% of new urban land.  While Prime Farmland decreased by 44,126 acres, vineyard development in coastal counties contributed to a net gain in Unique Farmland during the two year period. 

Photo of Santa Barbara County agriculture, 2000.Complete report (large PDF file--2.6 mb)

Report split and compressed to facilitate download --

Introductory Materials (330 kb): Acknowledgements; Table of Contents; Executive Summary
Main Report--two files: The Program; 1998-2000 Improvements; Understanding the Data (650 kb) and
Land Use Conversion, 1998-2000 (580 kb)
Appendix A (250 kb): County Conversion Tables*
Appendices B, C, and D (450 kb): 1998 and 2000 County Acreage Tallies; County and Regional Conversion Summaries; Farmland of Local Importance Definitions

* Report tables are in PDF format--Excel 2000 versions of the same tables are also available for download.  
You may need to update Acrobat Reader if you get error messages.

Paper copies are also available by contacting FMMP.  Please send us your questions and comments!