U.S. Corn Growers Expect a Major Increase in 2016 Acreage

U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the first increase in corn planted acreage since 2012 and, if realized, will be the third largest corn acreage since 1944.

Posted by on 31 March 2016 | 11:00 am

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up Slightly

As of March 1, there were 67.6 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up slightly from March 2015, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2015, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 25 March 2016 | 12:45 pm

USDA Begins Last Phase of Data Gathering For 2015 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)

Interviewers representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the next several months visiting farms and ranches across the nation as the agency conducts the last phase of its 2015 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

Posted by on 12 February 2016 | 11:00 am

USDA to Gather New Data on Organic Agriculture Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has begun conducting the 2015 Certified Organic Survey to gather up-to-date data on certified organic crops and livestock in the United States. This special survey effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in the United States.

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 12:00 pm

U.S. Cattle Inventory Up 3 Percent from 2015

As of January 1, there were 92.0 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms, according to the Cattle report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the highest U.S. cattle inventory since 2011.

Posted by on 29 January 2016 | 3:15 pm

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 1 Percent

As of December 1, there were 68.3 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 1 percent from December 2014, and up slightly from September 1, 2015, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 23 December 2015 | 2:15 pm

USDA Begins Surveys to Assess Honey Bee Colony Health, Impact on Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reaching out to beekeepers and farmers across the nation in December 2015 and January 2016 to gather information on the number and health of honey bee colonies, honey production and stocks, and the cost to farmers of pollination services.

Posted by on 23 December 2015 | 11:45 am

USDA Nationwide Farm Management and Conservation Data Gathering Begins Second Phase

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting farmers and ranchers now through February 2016 as part of the second National Resources Inventory – Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP-2) survey of agricultural producers’ conservation practices

Posted by on 14 December 2015 | 2:15 pm

NASS Invites Public to 25th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) announced today that it will host the 25th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Washington, D.C. Among the topics explored will be innovative techniques, such as adaptive and network sampling, for surveying hard-to-reach populations in the fields of human health, environmental and natural resources studies, and agriculture.

Posted by on 10 November 2015 | 9:30 am

CORRECTION: Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics to Meet on November 4-5

The Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics will now meet at the Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY. See Federal Register notice filed Nov. 2, 2015 https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-27972.pdf

Posted by on 3 November 2015 | 12:30 pm

Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics to Meet on November 4-5

The annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics will take place in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 4-5, 2015. The agenda includes a discussion of the 2017 Census of Agriculture; urban agriculture; next generation farmers and ranchers; the Agricultural Resource Management Survey program; Chemical Use program, and data quality. There will also be an update on the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) by Administrator Joseph T. Reilly.

Posted by on 19 October 2015 | 11:00 am

USDA Agencies to Hold Public Meeting for Data Users

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in cooperation with other USDA data agencies, will hold the 2015 USDA Data Users’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 1 p.m. CT at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center in Chicago.

Posted by on 7 October 2015 | 2:30 pm

USDA NASS Begins Gathering Food Safety Data About Fruit and Vegetable Operations Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now surveying produce packers and other post-harvest businesses to help fruit and vegetables operations as they prepare to implement new federal food safety requirements. The 2015 Produce Post-Harvest Microbial Food Safety Practices Survey marks the first time since 1998 that such a survey has been conducted. NASS Administrator Joseph T. Reilly encouraged operators to participate in the survey, noting that implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (website) might affect post-harvest businesses.

Posted by on 22 September 2015 | 1:30 pm

USDA Forecasts Third Largest Corn Crop on Record

U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Despite a 4 percent decrease from last year’s production, if realized, this will be the third largest production on record.

Posted by on 12 August 2015 | 11:45 am

U.S. Agriculture Production Cost Nearly $400 Billion in 2014

U.S. farmers spent $397.6 billion on agricultural production in 2014, up 8.3 percent from 2013, the largest increase since 2008, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report, published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 4 August 2015 | 3:00 pm

U.S. Cattle Inventory Up 2 Percent from 2014

As of July 1, there were 98.4 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the Cattle report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This marks the first increase in inventory since 2006.

Posted by on 24 July 2015 | 2:30 pm

USDA NASS Begins Project to Gather Conservation Data Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting farmers and ranchers from now through August as part of a national survey of conservation practices.

Posted by on 23 July 2015 | 10:30 am

USDA Measures Feral Swine Impact on U.S. Farms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in cooperation with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying U.S. crop producers to measure the impact feral swine have on their crops and livestock.

Posted by on 21 July 2015 | 2:30 pm

U.S. Soybean Growers Slated for Another Record Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates 85.1 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2015, up 2 percent from last year and setting a new record high, according to the Acreage report released today.

Posted by on 30 June 2015 | 11:30 am

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 9 Percent

As of June 1, there were 66.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 9 percent from June 2014, and up slightly from March 1, 2015, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 26 June 2015 | 2:45 pm

USDA Releases 2014 Chemical Use Data for Corn and Fall Potatoes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today published the 2014 Agricultural Chemical Use survey data for corn and fall potatoes.

Posted by on 14 May 2015 | 2:00 pm

U.S. Farmers Expect to Plant Record-High Soybean Acreage Again

For a second year in a row, U.S. growers are raising the bar on soybean acreage. Growers across the United States intend to plant an estimated record-high 84.6 million acres of soybeans in 2015, up 1 percent from the previous record set in 2014, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 31 March 2015 | 12:00 pm

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 7 Percent

As of March 1, there were 65.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 7 percent from March 2014, but down slightly from December 1, 2014, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 27 March 2015 | 2:45 pm

USDA to Hold Expert Panel on Statistics for Women and Beginner Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will convene a panel of subject matter experts to discuss needs for federal statistics about women and beginning farmers and ranchers.

Posted by on 18 March 2015 | 12:00 pm

Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

Posted by on 17 March 2015 | 12:00 pm