The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the U.S. in 2012, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.
“The 2012 Census of Agriculture provides a wide range of demographic, economic, land, and crop and livestock production information as well as first-time or expanded data,” said Mark Schleusener, Illinois State Statistician. “Many of these data about Illinois and our counties are only collected and reported as part of the every-five-year census.”
The 2012 Census of Agriculture data show the following key data items for Illinois:
- Illinois farmers and ranchers sold more than $17 billion of crops and livestock in 2012.
- Women are the principal operators of 6,891 farms, comprising 843,244 acres.
- The value of land and buildings on all Illinois farms exceeds $169 billion.
- Of the 75,087 principal farm operators in Illinois, 63,645 of them have been operating for 10 years or more.
Source: Illinois Ag Connection