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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties this winter to provide a comprehensive picture of the U.S. horticulture industry. Survey codes will be mailed this month to more than 40,000 horticulture producers to respond online. Collected just once every five years, the Census of Horticultural Specialties is the only source of detailed production and sales data for U.S. floriculture, nursery, and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 U.S. producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the 2019 Organic Survey. Each producer who self-reported organic farming in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will receive a unique survey code to respond conveniently online and to be represented in this very important, once-every-five-year data.
There were 231,474 farms with 55.9 million irrigated acres, which included 83.4 million acre-feet of water applied in the United States, according to the 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey results, published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In 2013, the irrigation survey results showed that there were 229,237 farms with 55.3 million irrigated acres, which included 88.5 million acre-feet of water. The results show that though the number of farms irrigating and the amount of land irrigated increased slightly between 2013 and 2018, the total amount of water used for irrigation declined.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released 2017 Census of Agriculture data tabulated by race, ethnicity, and gender. Located on the NASS website, these national, state, and county-level data profiles highlight number of farms, land in farms, land use, value of sales, and producer characteristics, such as years of experience, average age, and more. Redesigned and containing more information than in previous years, the producer profiles provide insights on women; Hispanic, Latino or Spanish; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; and white producers. Data are available for geographies with 30 farms or more operated by a specified group.
As of September 1, there were 77.7 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 3 percent from September 2018, and up 3 percent from June 1, 2019, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released 2017 Census of Agriculture data tabulated by zip code. The zip code tabulations are available through Quick Stats, NASS’ online data query tool.
The Crop Production report issued today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecasted soybean and corn production down from 2018. Soybean production is down 19 percent from 2018, forecast at 3.68 billion bushels; corn growers are expected to decrease their production 4 percent from last year, forecast at 13.9 billion bushels.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated 80.0 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2019, down 10 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released today. Corn area planted is estimated at 91.7 million acres, up 3 percent from last year.
As of June 1, there were 75.5 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from June 2018, and 1 percent from March 1, 2019, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) inducted into its Hall of Fame Frederic A. Vogel, an esteemed retired agency leader whose impact continues to resonate today. Throughout his career, Vogel was a driving force for continued improvements in data quality and a global leader in the development of statistical methodology for agriculture and economic statistics. His commitment to excellence in statistical theory and practice contributed substantially to agricultural statistics at NASS and internationally.
First Milk has become the sixth milk processor to announce it will leave its milk price unchanged in January. Prices at the farmer-owned co-operative will remain at 27p/litre for liquid producers and 27.9p/litre for those on a manufacturing contract. The firm’s last price move was a 0.45p/litre cut for its 800 producers in November. See […]
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Farmworker wages in Scotland are set to rise by 3% from April 2020, the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board has announced. The rise reflects a move to a single minimum level of pay for agricultural workers, to bring Scottish workers in line with the UK government’s national living wage. The proposed wage rates in Scotland from […]
Danish farmer Jeppe Bloch from Vejen, 100 kilometres north of the German border, recently expanded his sow house to add 850 places. Animal-friendly electronic sow feeding system CallMatic feeds sows individually and as required. The long building, with a seamless connection between old and new part, now houses 1,650 sows. The pigs are kept in […]
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The recent BBC investigation Meat: A Threat to our Planet? has caused quite a storm. Even as it was airing, social media was alive with comments. Consumers were aghast at what they were seeing in terms of animal welfare and the environmental damage caused by livestock production in various parts of the world. Environmentalists were […]
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Thousands of farmers are expected to attend mass rallies in capital cities across the UK to highlight the contribution of British agriculture to the economy and environment. The show of strength and unity is set to see farmers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland gather on the same day in central London, Edinburgh, Cardiff […]
Last week, a task force commissioned by the Scottish government found “sexism and outdated” attitudes was preventing women from achieving successful careers in farming. There seems to be a feminist furore in farming recently and it has left me in a flap – for all the wrong reasons. See also: ‘Outdated attitudes’ exclude women from […]
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Land remains a strong investment option for farmers and non-farmers alike, as values over the year have been steadfast despite a tumultuous background. Current uncertainty is less of an issue for the long-term thinkers of the agricultural sector, say agents. However, supply is down 40% on 2018’s 17,450 acres, in line with the overall UK […]
An unlikely name is leading the charge for emissions-free harvesting – Belarussian machinery builder Gomselmash. Its Palesse Pure Wheat combine (suitable for lots of crops – not just wheat) is apparently the first in the world to run on compressed natural gas and has been in development since 2014. Impressively, it’s the only one to […]
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Christmas primestock sales injected much needed cheer into livestock farming communities around the country this week producing remarkable headline prices for butchers’ animals. Live markets are busy selling lambs to a fast trade, with Great British averages at 185-189p/kg for the last three weeks in November. Throughputs are 10% up on the year at the […]
Lambs are growing slowly, although I think now they have got over the barbers pole worm, we should see some more sensible growth coming through. It just means we are carrying a lot more stock than we thought we would, and with the rain and cold, they are eating a lot more just to keep […]
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