The Data Planet repository includes many indicators related to agricultural production and operations, as well as food consumption, in the United States, primarily sourced from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Statistics range from the counts of livestock and farms, to crop prices, crops planted and harvested, crop yield, and much, much more.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was created by the Agricultural Act of May 15, 1862, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. Key activities include:
Major data statistical programs of USDA include the Economic Research Service, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, and the World Agricultural Outlook Board.
So you're interested in data on agriculture in the United States, but which datasets should you set your sights on? Well, here's a list of relevant datasets, along with a short description of each. The hyperlinks will take you to a DataSheet created using statistics from the dataset described.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Import/Export Indexes includes trade data on U.S. exports and imports for agricultural commodities and products. Also explore datasets from the BEA and Census Bureau for data on employment in farms, food consumption expenditures, and much, much more.
Click on the links below to view sample DataSheets comprising statistical abstracts complete with infographics of indicators relevant to U.S. agriculture in Data Planet to further manipulate the data and explore relationships between agriculture metrics and other indicators in the vast Data Planet repository.
The examples below are just a sampling to give you an idea of the granularity of the available data. There are many more indicators on this topic in the repository—add search terms for commodities, states, counties, and more, or contact your library staff for help in formulating your search strategy.
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In this example, the DataSheet was generated by clicking on Create Link (DOI) (located on the right-hand side, below the chart display on Data Planet), then exported as a PDF.