The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture. Production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, weather conditions, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers are only a few examples.
In addition, NASS's 46 Field Offices publish data about many of the same topics for local audiences. NASS publications cover a wide range of subjects, from traditional crops, such as corn and wheat, to specialties, such as mushrooms and flowers; from calves born to hogs slaughtered; from agricultural prices to land in farms. The abundance of information produced has earned for NASS employees the title, "The Fact Finders of Agriculture."
NASS offers a wide range of data sets. Data sets are files of historical data tracking many agricultural items, some dating back as far as 1866, depending on the commodity you desire. The information is commodity specific and contains many category breakdowns including U.S., State, and county crop and livestock data.
Browse NASS by subject:
Reports 1900s-present; data sets 1866-present.
September 13, 2010