After unveiling a portion of census data collected throughout 2012 earlier this year, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service will publish the complete 2012 Ag Census report on May 2 at 11 a.m. CT.
The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with 2012 Census data at the national, state and county levels.
USDA made the announcement this week at the National Agri-Marketing Association's Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. As the nation's largest association for professionals in agribusiness and marketing, NAMA members are key users of Census data.
"We are excited to share the upcoming May 2 Census of Agriculture release date at the NAMA conference," said Renee Picanso, NASS Census and Survey Division director. "NASS mailed the first Census questionnaire more than a year ago, and after collecting and analyzing the data, we are ready to deliver an amazing tool that will help producers as well as those who serve farmers and rural communities."
National, state and county data
USDA says the 2012 Census of Agriculture will provide information at the national, state and county levels. The publication will include a range of topics such as agricultural practices, conservation, organic production and traditional and specialty crops.
The 2012 Ag Census final report will also give first-time or expanded data on biomass production, equine, Internet access, regional food marketing and distribution, land use practices and agroforestry.
Picanso said the data is intended to inform smart decision-making among policymakers and producers.
"By providing the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agriculture data down to the county level, the Census can help your operation, industry, and community," she said, noting tradition uses of the data include shaping programs and initiatives that benefit young and beginning farmers and ranchers or expand access to resources that help women, veteran and minority farmers and ranchers.
Your Census. Your Story.
USDA has set up a new online system called Your Census. Your Story. to solicit feedback from producers, organizations and businesses on how they are accessing and using 2012 Ag Census data.
"If you use Census data in your organization or business, we hope you will use this tool to let us know how the data help you," Picanso said. The tool is online at www.agcensus.usda.gov.