Census of Agriculture (USDA) Data Visualization

The USDA Census of Agriculture (“Ag Census”) regularly releases reports coupled with attractive, and often interactive, data visualizations. (To view the report, as well as other visualizations that accompany it, click the X on the top right of the image.) Some examples of topics include agricultural trade balance and exports and imports, global supplies of […]

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Census of Agriculture (USDA) Maps

The USDA Census of Agriculture (“Ag Census”) provides maps in two forms: interactive and PDF or GIF downloads. Both formats include data that fall into five broad categories: Crops and Plants – Data on harvested acreage for major field crops, hay, and other forage crops, as well as acreage data for vegetables, fruits, tree nuts, and […]

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State/County Fact Sheets (USDA)

Looking for recent demographic data and current information on farming and the economics of farming?  Try these easy to use State Fact Sheets from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS).  You don’t’ have to wait until the release of the 2012 Census of Agriculture for timely data. Much of the data is very current as […]

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Census of Agriculture (USDA)

The Census of Agriculture is an source for data on agriculture in the U.S. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. he Census of Agriculture includes data for every state and county in the United States. Detailed data including specific crops […]

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Historical U.S. Census Data (1790 to 2010)

Looking for historical U.S. Census data?  The U.S. Census provides easy access to historical population, housing, and agricultural data from 1790 to 2010.  Most of the of the data is available at the state and county levels.

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Defining Rural

The question “What is rural?” seems to be the subject to a never-ending debate. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) provides some guidance. The ERS has identified nine different categories for classifying counties by their degree of urbanization. These nine Rural-Urban Continuum Codes are below: The ERS also has more […]

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State and County Agriculture Profiles

These brief profiles provide a snapshot of the 2012 Census of Agriculture for every state and county in the U.S. They include information on the number of farms, acreage in agriculture, average farm size, market value of products, and data by specific crop and livestock. Profiles for other Census of Agriculture years are available. The […]

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