The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation. For the next five years results from the 2017 Census of Ag will be relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities: federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.
Testimonials from a few of the Census of Agriculture data users:
- Farmer who convinced county officials to fund better road maintenance: I used the county data in the Census of Agriculture to show our county officials the value of all that milk produced and explained the need for commercial trucking for every dairy farm.
- Commodity risk manager for a major feed company: For any competitive market to function efficiently all market participants must operate with similar knowledge. Without equal knowledge distortions occur and markets become easily manipulated due to the imbalance of information.
- Farmer who appreciates USDA programs used on his farm: The pool of dollars available for many of these (farm) programs is determined by farmers’ responses to the Census of Ag, so it is vital for farmers to accurately report acreages and environmental practices.
Let your voice be part of the conversation here: https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Census_Story/
USDA Release Dates
Survey results will be available at www.nass.usda.gov.
Every Monday 3 p.m. CT ….. Weekly Crop Prgoress
September 8th, 2 p.m. CT ….. Cash Rents by County
September 12th, 11 a.m. CT ….. Crop Production
September 28th, 2 p.m. CT ….. Agricultural Prices and Hogs and Pigs
September 29th, 11 a.m. CT ….. Grain Stocks and Small Grains Summary