USDA Report Shows Increasing Internet Access on U.S. Farms

Seventy percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet, a 3 percent growth from 2013, according to the Computer Usage and Ownership report, released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 19 August 2015 | 2:30 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 | 9:30 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 | 1:30 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

Current Agricultural Industrial Reports (CAIR) program report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the first report under its new Current Agricultural Industrial Reports (CAIR) program today. Called Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production, the publication provides data about agricultural commodities consumed for alcohol and other uses as well as the production of co-products and products in the United States from October-December 2014.

Posted by on 19 February 2015 | 3:00 pm

U.S. Cattle Inventory Up 1 Percent from 2014

As of January 1, there were 89.8 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 first increase in U.S. herd inventory since 2007.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 3:10 pm

USDA Invites Public to 24th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture

Advancements in technology, the rise of big data, and demand for more accurate, timely, official statistics under tightened budgets will be among the topics explored at the 24th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture. The Morris Hansen Lecture series is one of many public education and outreach activities in which the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service participates each year.

Posted by on 6 January 2015 | 8:30 am

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 2 Percent

As of December 1, there were 66.1 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2 percent from December 2013, and up 1 percent from September 1, 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 2014 | 3:00 pm

Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics to Meet on December 2-3

The annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics will take place in St. Louis and Brentwood, MO, on Dec. 2-3, 2014. The agenda includes a discussion of the 2017 Censuses of Agriculture; response rates and respondent relations; expanding the data enclave, and the NASS communications plan. There will also be addresses on the USDA Research, Education, and Economics area by Under Secretary Dr. Catherine Woteki and an update on NASS by Administrator Joseph T. Reilly.

Posted by on 17 November 2014 | 10:45 am

USDA Reports Corn, Soybeans on Track for Record-high Yield, Production

According to the November Crop Production report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), corn production is expected to reach 14.4 billion bushels this year, up 3 percent from 2013. Soybean production is forecast at 3.96 billion bushels this year, up 18 percent from 2013. Both crops are on target for record-high yields and production. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields for corn are expected to average 173.4 bushels per acre, down 0.8 bushel from the October forecast, but 14.6 bushels above the 2013 average. As for soybeans, yields are expected to average a record high 47.5 bushels per acre, up 0.4 bushel from October and up 3.5 bushels from last year.

Posted by on 10 November 2014 | 12:40 pm

New Web Tool Allows Users to Visualize, Analyze Agriculture Data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) now offers the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms, and operators in more than 3,000 counties across the United States.

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 2:00 pm

USDA Reports Corn Stocks Up 50 Percent, Soybean Stocks Down 35 Percent from 2013

According to the Grain Stocks report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), there were 1.24 billion bushels of old crop corn in all positions as of September 1, up 50 percent from the same time last year. Of the total stocks, 462 million bushels of corn were stored on farms and 774 million bushels were stored off the farm, up 68 and 42 percent from the prior year, respectively. The U.S. corn disappearance totaled 2.62 billion bushels during June-August, up from 1.95 billion bushels during the same period last year.

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 12:00 pm

USDA Launches Current Agricultural Industrial Reports Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announces the launch of the Current Agricultural Industrial Reports (CAIR) survey program. NASS will collect and publish vital statistics for the dry and wet alcohol milling and flour milling sectors.

Posted by on 29 September 2014 | 2:00 pm

USDA Seeks Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. Members of this Committee advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the scope, timing and content of periodic agricultural censuses, surveys of agriculture and other related industries. The committee also makes recommendations on the content of agriculture reports and represents the views and data needs of suppliers and users of agricultural statistics.

Posted by on 29 September 2014 | 12:00 pm

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Down 2 Percent

As of September 1, there were 65.4 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 2 percent from September 2013, but up 6 percent from June 1, 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 September 2014 | 2:25 pm

USDA Forecasts Record-High Corn and Soybean Production in 2014

U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers who are also expected to produce a record-high crop at 14.0 billion bushels of corn, up 1 percent from 2013 which was also a record at the time.

Posted by on 12 August 2014 | 11:20 am