USDA sites that provide a wealth of statistical information and analysis
The information provided below is to assist you in identifying statistical information that may be of particular interest to socially disadvantaged as well as small and beginning farmers and ranchers. This list is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to notify us of any links that you think should be added by e-mailing us at AdvocacyandOutreach@osec.usda.gov.
REGStats is the searchable web-based repository containing the demographic Statistics on Race, Ethnicity and Gender (REG) collected from participants of each program provided to agricultural producers and landowners by the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Agency, the Risk Management Agency, and the agencies of Rural Development as required under section 14006 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L 110-246).
For more information, please visit: https://www.outreach.usda.gov/regstats.htm
USDA's 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.
Below are a few sections of the site you might find interesting. Feel free to browse, as there is a lot of valuable information available:
USDA's Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With over 350 employees, ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.
ERS's highly trained economists and social scientists conduct research, analyze food and commodity markets, produce policy studies, and develop economic and statistical indicators. The agency's research program is aimed at the information needs of USDA, other public policy officials, and the research community. ERS information and analysis is also used by the media, trade associations, public interest groups, and the general public.
State fact sheets provide information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports for each state in the United States. Links to county-level data are included when available.
ERS Data Sets
Check out the most visited information on the site, as well as newly updated data.
ERS Rural Atlas
ERS promotes the well-being of rural America through research and analysis to better understand the economic, demographic, environmental, and social forces affecting rural regions and communities. In collaboration with other USDA agencies, ERS research helps provide rural residents and community and business leaders with the knowledge and skills to help their communities thrive in the global economy.
The objectives of the Atlas are:
The Drought Monitor is a synthesis of multiple indices and impacts that represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists.