USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture on the NASS website. This summary presents data by congressional district that includes land, farms, market value of agricultural products sold, rankings, and producer characteristics.
“The profiles are a quick way to see what’s going on with agriculture in a particular area – to show its value at the local level,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “They provide an easy way to evaluate high-level data, compare characteristics of one district to another, and educate colleagues, policymakers, and non-farming neighbors about farming in that location.”
Here's a few things we pulled from the data:
- Nebraska’s 3rd District has the highest number of producers and number of farms;
- Oklahoma’s 2nd District has the highest number of female farm producers;
- Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska’s 3rd District are No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, for land in farms by Congressional District.
- Nebraska’s 3rd District is No. 1 in market value of agricultural products sold, followed by Iowa’s 4th and the Kansas 1st. The California 21st is fourth.
- California districts take three of the top four slots for value of sales of vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Idaho’s 2nd District is third. The California district in first place is the 20th, followed by the 21st and 24th.
- Iowa’s 4th Congressional District is No. 1 in value of hog and pig sales, followed by Minnesota’s 1st District and North Carolina’s 7th District.
NASS released the Census of Agriculture State and County profiles on May 30. Still to be released is the Watersheds Report on July 25; the American Indian Reservations Report on Aug. 26; Zip Code Tabulations on Sept. 18; and Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Profiles on Oct. 1. All of these products will be available at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.
Other products to be released this summer and fall include state-specific Census blogs showcased on www.usda.gov and additional Census Highlights publications found on the NASS website.
NASS is also preparing for the 2022 Census of Agriculture and is asking for content change suggestions and for new producers who did not receive a 2017 Census of Agriculture form last year to sign up to be counted in future censuses and surveys. Both forms can be found at www.nass.usda.gov.