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Published June 02, 2014, 02:36 PM

NASS releases ag census data for states, counties

The census was conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of USDA. NASS says the state and county profiles will be followed “by new tools throughout the year to highlight the more than 6 million data points captured in the agriculture census.”

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

Maybe you know that Williams County in northwest North Dakota leads the nation in production of durum and lentils and that Brown County in north-central South Dakota ranks second nationally in corn for grain production.

And maybe you know that Montana farms average 2,134 acres in size and that Minnesota has 6,370 principal farm operators who are women.

But if you’re looking for official confirmation — or want to learn more about ag in other states and counties — look to the 2012 Census of Agriculture’s county and state profiles.

The profiles, newly released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its census released once every five years, have a wealth of information on farm numbers, farm operators and crop and livestock sales at the state and county levels. The new numbers complement national statistics released earlier this year.

The profiles include data for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and more than 3,000 counties in the nation.

The census was conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of USDA. NASS says the state and county profiles will be followed “by new tools throughout the year to highlight the more than 6 million data points captured in the agriculture census.”

Next up this summer is the 2012 Congressional District Profiles and Rankings, which will provide information of particular interest to advocates and policymakers, NASS says.

The June 9 print issue of Agweek will take a closer look at the state and county profiles.

More information on the state and county profiles: www.agcensus.usda.gov.

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