The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will release the 2017 Census of Agriculture results on Thursday, April 11, at noon ET. The full Census report will include millions of data points, including number of farms, land in farms, total value of production, demographics, and more at the national, state, and county levels. The report, along with a number of related publications, will be available on the NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the date “will help inform decisions about ag education, research, farm programs, rural development, and much more over the next several years.” The 2017 Census report will include new information on military service, food marketing practices, and on-farm decision-making. USDA says these additions help better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running a farm enterprise. The first Census of Agriculture was conducted in 1840 in conjunction with the decennial Census.
Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasters