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November 14, 2013
PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF 2012 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will release preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture on February 20, 2014. The release, which will provide an initial look at national and state findings, will take place at the Ag Outlook Forum.

“We are eagerly waiting for these new figures,” said Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS Commissioner. “This is the standard used at the state, national and international levels, and the national census is the most comprehensive, county-by-county look at agriculture in America. With agriculture being Virginia’s largest industry, the statistics are even more important here than in many other areas.”

NASS will release the full Census results at a later date and is working to set a revised schedule that ensures the highest-quality data. The release date was delayed by the work stoppage caused by the lapse in federal funding in October 2013.

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