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

U.S. Cattle Inventory Down 3 Percent from 2012

As of July 1, there were 95.0 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 is the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973.

Posted by on 25 July 2014 | 2:50 pm

USDA Reports Record High Soybean Acreage, Corn Acres Down

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated a record high 84.8 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2014, up 11 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released today. Corn acres planted is estimated at 91.6 million acres, down 4 percent from last year, representing the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010.

Posted by on 30 June 2014 | 11:50 am

USDA Invites Suggestions for the 2017 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now inviting suggestions for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted only once every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census provides detailed data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture down to the county level.

Posted by on 24 June 2014 | 1:18 pm

U.S. Hog and Pigs Inventory Down 5 Percent

As of June 1, there were 62.1 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, the lowest inventory since 2007, 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 24 June 2014 | 1:18 pm

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

Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 81.5 million acres of soybeans in 2014, up 6 percent from last year and an all-time record high, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). If realized, soybeans will surpass the previous record of 77.5 million acres planted in the United States set in 2009.

Posted by on 31 March 2014 | 11:15 am

U.S. Hog and Pigs Inventory Lowest Since 2007

As of March 1, there were 62.9 million head of hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, the lowest inventory since 2007, 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 31 March 2014 | 6:45 am

NASS Honors Five Former Employees in Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today established a Hall of Fame and inducted an inaugural group of five individuals whose work at the agency has had a lasting impact on agricultural statistics and the service NASS provides.

Posted by on 27 March 2014 | 1:00 pm

Corn Growers Remain on Track for Record Production Year

U.S. corn growers remain on track for a record high 14.0 billion bushel production year, according to the Crop Production report, released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In addition to corn numbers, the report also included updated forecasts for U.S. citrus production, and major field crops, such as soybeans and cotton.

Posted by on 8 November 2013 | 11:25 am

Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics to Meet on November 13-14

The annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics will take place in St. Louis, Missouri on November 13-14. The meeting is open to the public and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. The meeting on Nov. 13th will take place at USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) National Operations Center, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis. On the 14th the meeting will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel-Westport, 1973 Craigshire Road, St. Louis. There will be an opportunity for public questions and comments at 9:45 a.m. on the 14th.

Posted by on 4 November 2013 | 3:00 pm

USDA Announces Cancellation and Postponement of Selected Reports Impacted by the Lapse in Federal Funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) have cancelled or postponed publication of selected USDA statistical reports impacted by the lapse in federal funding.

Posted by on 17 October 2013 | 9:24 am

USDA Reports Corn and Soybean Stocks Down 17 Percent from 2012

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today reported that on September 1, there were 824 million bushels of old crop corn and 141 million bushels of old crop soybeans in storage. Corn and soybean stocks stored in all positions were down 17 percent from 2012, according to the quarterly Grain Stocks report.

Posted by on 30 September 2013 | 11:38 am

New Classroom Lesson Uses Food Preference to Teach Statistical and Agricultural Literacy

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) have developed a new Census at School Food Preference Survey lesson plan and activities for students in grades 5-8. Building on the existing ASA Census at School program, the Food Preference Survey teaches statistical and agricultural literacy to children through common core state standards in Mathematics, Language Arts, Nutrition, Social Studies, and Family Consumer Sciences.

Posted by on 28 August 2013 | 12:00 pm

USDA Forecasts Record-High Corn Production in 2013

U.S. corn growers are expected to produce a record-high 13.8 billion bushels of corn in 2013, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The forecast production is up 28 percent from drought-hit 2012.

Posted by on 12 August 2013 | 11:45 am

U.S. Farm Production Expenditures Keep Climbing

U.S. farmers spent a record-high $351.8 billion on agricultural production in 2012, a 10.4 percent increase from 2011, 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 2 August 2013 | 2:25 pm

Historic Agricultural Data Now Online

In early July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) simplified access to historic data by putting 77 years’ worth of agricultural statistics online. In the past, this information, published in the annual bulletin Agricultural Statistics, was available in print form only.

Posted by on 30 July 2013 | 10:00 am

U.S. Corn Acreage Up For Fifth Straight Year

U.S. farmers successfully overcame a cold and wet early spring this year, planting 97.4 million acres of corn, up slightly from 2012, according to the Acreage report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the highest acreage planted to corn since 1936 and marks a fifth year in a row of corn acreage increases in the United States.

Posted by on 28 June 2013 | 11:00 am

USDA to Interview Farmers and Ranchers for Crop and Livestock Reports

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is gearing up to contact farmers and ranchers across the country to gather information about this season’s crop production, supplies of grain in storage, and livestock inventory. During the first two weeks of June, NASS will gather information about U.S. crops and livestock through several surveys focusing on agricultural acreage, crops produced and stored, and hog inventory. 

Posted by on 22 May 2013 | 2:00 pm