NASS Collects Nearly Half-Million Census of Ag Questionnaires Online

Dan Census of Agriculture, USDA-NASS

The National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) wrapped up its Census of Agriculture collection in 2018. The agency plans to release the new up-to-date Census data in 2019. “Over the course of 2018, NASS conducted the single-largest federal agricultural data collection in the United States with an improved questionnaire and asked some new questions to document changes and emerging trends in …


U.S. Cattle on Feed Up 5 Percent

Dan Cattle

USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service released their October Cattle on Feed Report, and the numbers show cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. totaled 10.8 million head on October 1, 2017, 5 percent above October 1, 2016. The inventory included 6.93 million steers and steer calves, up 2 percent from the previous year, and 64 …


Report Recommends Changes for NASS Data Collection

Dan Crop Forecasts, Industry News Release, USDA-NASS

A new report suggests the Department of Agriculture should develop a new system for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. USDA contracted with the National Academy of Sciences three years ago to audit how USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service collects data. The report highlighted that NASS could make several changes over time to improve the accuracy of its …


Census of Agriculture to Start Soon

Dan Industry News Release

Farmers will soon receive forms for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The Department of Agriculture’s National Ag Statistics Service says farmers and ranchers across the nation will begin receiving the forms in eight weeks. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online. Conducted once every five years, the census of agriculture is a complete count of all …