A new Major Land Use report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service shows changes in U.S land use through 2007, reflecting loss of crop acres, relatively steady rangeland acres and continued, but slowing rural sprawl.

The agency has collected and reported land-use data since 1945, publishing reports every five years in conjunction with the Census of Agriculture. This new report covers the time period from 2002 through 2007, so some potentially significant trends since 2007, such as a shift of acreage into crop production in response to high grain prices are not reflected in the data. It provides, however, an interesting glimpse of the distribution of land types in the United States and trends in its use.