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USDA to release census of agriculture next Thursday

Christian Fernsby |
The United States 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.

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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, video presentations, and searchable data query interfaces, will be available on the NASS website at

Available now in preparation for data release are three videos featuring NASS subject matter experts explaining the importance of the Census, what's new in this Census, and how to find Census data.

"We are excited to share the new Census of Agriculture data next week," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

"The Census data will help inform decisions about ag education, research, farm programs, rural development, and much more over the next several years. Conducting the Census is part of USDA's commitment to you."

This Census report will include new information on military service, food marketing practices, and on-farm decision-making.

These additions help better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running a farm enterprise.

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