United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)--A Treasure Trove of Information

The USDA provides an enormous array of information on its core site, through the Economic Research Service (ERS), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Education and Outreach.

What They Cover

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects and provides statistics for crop yields, trade, demographics, education, and many subsections, such as the National Conservation Defense Service.

Their Mission:

"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, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers are only a few examples.

NASS is committed to providing timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. To uphold our continuing commitment, NASS will:

  • Report the facts on American agriculture....
  • Provide objective and unbiased statistics ....
  • Conduct the Census of Agriculture every five years, providing the only source of consistent, comparable, and detailed agricultural data for every county in America.
  • Serve the needs of our data users and customers at a local level....
  • Safeguard the privacy of farmers, ranchers, and other data providers....."

NASS

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