Full 2012 Census of Agriculture to be released May 2

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with census data at the national, state and county levels.

When released, the 2012 Census of Agriculture will provide information at the national, state and county levels. The publication will include highly anticipated data on a range of topics including agricultural practices, conservation, organic production, as well as traditional and specialty crops.

The final publication will provide more in-depth information than NASS released in February’s preliminary 2012 Census report on farms and land in farms, economics and demographics. The 2012 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.

Conducted once every five years, the Census of Agriculture illustrates the power of data. Results from the census will inform smart policymaking that helps farmers and ranchers.

In releasing preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture data on Feb. 20, NASS provided a glimpse of results at the national and state level. The full 2012 Census publication released on May 2 will provide a more complete picture of agriculture in the United States, down to the county level. Because NASS continues to review all 2012 Census data items, the estimates published in February may change with the final Census release.

For more information about the Census, including access to the full 2012 Census report when released, click here.

Originally posted Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014