REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — On April 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final 2017 Census of Agriculture results sharing a wide-range of information about what agricultural products were raised in the United States in 2017, and where, how and by whom they were grown. The data, which are reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.
The 2017 Census of Agriculture provides a wide range of demographic, economic, land, and crop and livestock production information. Many of these data about Ohio and our counties are only collected and reported as part of the every-five-year census.
The 2017 Census of Agriculture data show the following key findings for Ohio:
• The average age of Ohio producers increased from 54.6 years in 2012 to 55.8 in 2017.
• In 2017, the total value of agricultural products sold was $9.34 billion, down 7 percent from 2012.
• Ohio cropland harvested increased from 10.1 million acres in 2012 to 10.2 million acres in 2017.
• Ohio ranked 8th nationally in corn production and 7th in soybean production.
• Ohio ranked 8th nationally in hogs sold and 11th in milk sales.
• Ohio ranked 2nd nationally in layer inventory.
• 5,782 farms reported renewable energy producing systems, up from 2,094 farms in 2012.
• Ohio ranked 5th among the States with renewable energy producing systems.
Results are available in many online formats including video presentations, a new data query interface, maps, and traditionaldata tables. All Census of Agriculture information is available atwww.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.
The Census tells the story of American agriculture and is an important part of our history. First conducted in 1840 in conjunction with the decennial Census, the Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. After 1920, the Census happened every four to five years. By 1982, it was regularly conducted once every five years.
Today, NASS sends questionnaires to nearly 3 million potential U.S. farms and ranches. Nearly 25 percent of those who responded did so online. Conducted since 1997 by USDA NASS – the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about U.S. agriculture – it remains the only source of comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation and is invaluable for planning the future.
— National Agricultural Statistics Service Ohio Field Office
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