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

USDA Expects Record-High Combined Corn and Soybean Acreage

Determined to make up for a crop that was adversely affected by historic drought last year, U.S. farmers intend to plant a record-high combined 174.4 million acres of corn and soybeans in 2013, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). If realized, corn will represent the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1936 (102 million planted acres) and for soybeans the fourth highest acreage on record.

Posted by on 28 March 2013 | 11:50 am

USDA Delivers Satellite-based Vegetative Crop Condition Information Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announces the launch of a new state-of-the-art, satellite-based U.S. crop condition vegetation assessment and monitoring service named VegScape http://nassgeodata.gmu.edu/VegScape/. Like the popular CropScape geospatial product, VegScape delivers interactive vegetation indices so that web users can explore, visualize, query, and disseminate current vegetative cover maps and data without the need for specialized expertise, software, or high end computers.

Posted by on 6 March 2013 | 2:00 pm

USDA to Survey Farmers about their 2013 Planting Intentions

Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey tens of thousands of growers about their 2013 planting intentions. The results of this survey will help all participants in the agriculture sector determine what to expect this growing season after a drought-hampered 2012 season. In addition to grain growers, NASS will also survey thousands of pork producers about their hog and pig inventories and spring farrowing intentions.

Posted by on 21 February 2013 | 8:30 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Names Members to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed 20 members to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. The committee advises the Secretary on surveys of agriculture and other related surveys; the periodic census of agriculture; and, the types of agricultural information to obtain from respondents. The committee also prepares recommendations regarding the content of agricultural reports and presents the views and needs for data of major suppliers and users of agriculture statistics. The committee draws on the experience and expertise of its members to form a collective judgment concerning agricultural data collected and the statistics issued by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 21 February 2013 | 8:30 am

USDA Extends Census Deadline, Reminds Producers It’s Not too Late

Farmers and ranchers across the country are heeding the call to have their voices heard and their farms represented in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. With 1.4 million Census forms returned, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is thanking everyone for speaking up for their communities, their industry and their future by sending in their Census form. For those who missed the deadline, USDA reminds producers that their farm is important and needs to be counted. As a result, Census forms are still being accepted.

Posted by on 6 February 2013 | 12:00 pm

Two Weeks Remaining to Respond to 2012 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that producers have two weeks remaining to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. To date, America’s farmers and ranchers are taking action in overwhelming numbers to mail back their completed Agriculture Census forms, submit them online, or call and e-mail for assistance.

Posted by on 24 January 2013 | 3:25 pm

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Reminds Producers to Complete 2012 Census of Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week continued to remind producers to complete forms for the Census of Agriculture-the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. The 2012 Census of Agriculture will provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with current information to help ensure an abundant, safe, and accessible food supply for all of America. On Monday, Vilsack spoke to thousands of American farmers and ranchers in Nashville, Tenn. The Census of Agriculture, said Vilsack, is one of the most important tools for providing certainty to producers and sustaining the unlimited economic potential of rural America.

Posted by on 17 January 2013 | 8:15 am

Crop Production Down in 2012 Due to Drought, USDA Reports

Despite getting off to a very favorable start, U.S. growers spent the summer of 2012 battling historic drought conditions in much of the Midwest. As a result, corn and soybean production, both key U.S. crops, is significantly down in 2012, according to the Crop Production 2012 Annual Summary released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Posted by on 11 January 2013 | 12:15 pm

USDA Conservation Survey Timely and Vital for Midwest Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reminds producers today that the agency is conducting a survey for the 2012 National Resources Inventory (NRI) – Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) about farming and conservation practices on cultivated cropland in the Des Moines River and Western Lake Erie basins. Producers in these areas have the opportunity to participate in the survey, to help evaluate on-farm conservation programs, which help protect the soil and water within their communities. The survey will help ensure these voluntary programs are successfully maintained and improved when necessary

Posted by on 29 November 2012 | 10:50 am

USDA is Counting End-of-Year Row Crop and Hog Inventories

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is asking approximately 85,000 producers across the country to respond to important surveys involving corn, soybeans, sorghum, rice, cotton, and hogs. From November 29 to December 17, NASS will be gathering final information about the 2012 U.S. row crops focusing on harvested acreage, as well as crops produced and stored. There will also be a hog survey that will capture current inventory figures.

Posted by on 28 November 2012 | 2:00 pm

USDA to Interview Soybean and Wheat Growers for ARMS Survey

United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced today that it is collecting chemical usage data from soybean and wheat growers in 26 states. The information is gathered as part of the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), which NASS conducts jointly with the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).

Posted by on 5 October 2012 | 11:00 am

USDA Releases Results of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic growers in the United States sold more than $3.5 billion organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011, according to the results of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey, released today by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS conducted the survey for USDA's Risk Management Agency to help refine federal crop insurance products for organic producers.

Posted by on 4 October 2012 | 2:30 pm