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May 5, 2014
2012 CENSUS PROFILES VIRGINIA FARMERS AND AGRICULTURE
          
Market Value of Products Sold Up 29 Percent from 2007 Census
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

On May 2, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released final figures from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. These final results follow preliminary figures released by Governor McAuliffe on February 24 indicating many growth areas in Virginia agriculture. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the final results confirm those earlier figures and reveal several key trends for Virginia:

Key statistics from Virginia include:

“The 2012 Census of Agriculture provides a wide range of demographic, economic, land, crop and livestock production information as well as first-time or expanded data,” said Herman Ellison, Virginia’s State Statistician with NASS. “Many of these data about Virginia and our counties are only collected and reported as part of the every-five-year census.”

To provide easier access to the data, NASS created a number of online tools for people to find and use census data, including: Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables (a new tutorial video provides easy-to-follow instructions); API – a tool for developer; Agricultural Atlas Maps - profiles of the nation’s agriculture at the county-level in a series of multicolor pattern and dot maps and Desktop Data Query Tool - a downloadable desktop tool to analyze data without internet access once you have downloaded and installed this tool.

For more information about the Census of Agriculture including all the final 2012 Census of Agriculture results, and tools to access and share the data, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

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