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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

United States Department of AgricultureDepartment of Agriculture : Mission: Provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

USDA Agencies: (=Link to agency organizational chart)

Agricultural Marketing Service Agricultural Research Service Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion Economic Research Service Farm Service Agency Food & Nutrition Service Food Safety & Inspection Service Foreign Agricultural ServiceForest Service Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration National Agricultural Library National Agricultural Statistics Service National Institute of Food & Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Risk Management Agency Rural Development 

U.S. Department of Agriculture YouTube Channel


USDA Logo Census of Agriculture LogoCensus of Agriculture:  Leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the U.S.

   ♦ 2012 Census of Agriculture Report
   ♦ 2012 Census of Agriculture Highlights
   ♦ 2012 Census Volume 1, Chapter 1: U.S. National Level Data
   ♦ 2012 Census Volume 1, Chapter 1: State Level Data
   ♦ 2012 Census Volume 1, Chapter 2: County Level Data
   ♦ State & County Profiles
   ♦ Census Ag Atlas Maps
   ♦ Ag Census Web Maps
   ♦ Ranking of Market Value of Ag Products Sold
   ♦ Congressional District Profiles
   ♦ Race, Ethnicity & Gender Profiles


The Farm Bill badge

USDA Economics, Statistics & Market Information System: Contains nearly 2500 reports and datasets, covering U.S. and international agriculture and related topics.

Weekly Weather & Crop Bulletin: Information on weather, climate and agricultural developments worldwide, along with detailed charts and tables of agrometeorological information appropriate for the season.

World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates

CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE REPORTS

Census of Agriculture reports available electronically or at Maag Library:

2012 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: United States: Summary & State Data A 92.53/51:AC-12-A-51

2012 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: Ohio: State & County Data A 92.53/35:AC-12-A-35


2007 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: United States: Summary & State Data A 92.53/51:AC-07-A-51

2007 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: Ohio: State & County Data A 92.53/35:AC-07-A-35

2007 Census of Agriculture: Volumes 1 &2 GOV DOCS CD-ROM FILE A 92.54:2007/V.1-2/DVD


2002 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: United States:  Summary & State Data A 92.53/51:AC-02-A-51

2002 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: Ohio: State & County Data A 92.53/35:AC-02-A-35


1997 Census of Agriculture: Volume 1: Geographic Area Series GOV DOCS CD-ROM FILE A 92.53/56:997

1997 Census of Agriculture: Volume 2: Subject Series: Ranking of States & Counties GOV DOC CD-ROM FILE A 92.54:997/V.2


1992 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: United States: Summary & State Data C 3.31/4:992/V.1/Pt.51


1987 Census of Agriculture: Geographic Area Series: Ohio: State & County Data C 3.31/4:987/V.1/Pt.35


1974 Census of Agriculture: United States: Summary & State Data C 3.31/4:974/V.1/Pt.51

1974 Census of Agriculture: Ohio: State & County Data C 3.31/4:974/V.1/Pt.35


1969 Census of Agriculture: Area Reports: Ohio: Section 1: Summary Data C 3.31/4:969/V.1/Pt.10/Sec.1
1969 Census of Agriculture: Area Reports: Ohio: Section 2: County Data C 3.31/4:969/V.1/Pt.10/Sec.2

AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (AMS)

Agricultural Marketing Service : Administers programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops.

Agricultural Transportation: Source for economic analysis on agricultural transportation from farm to markets.

Farmers Markets & Local Food Marketing: Mission: Improve marketing opportunities for small and midsized producers through the combination of applied research, technical services, and grant support.

Grading, Certification & Verification: AMS’ quality grade standards, grading, certification, auditing, inspection, and laboratory analysis are voluntary tools that industry can use to help promote and communicate quality and wholesomeness to consumers.

National Organic Program: Responsible for developing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products.

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE (ARS)

Agricultural Research Service : USDA's chief scientific in-house research agency. Its job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

Agricultural Research Magazine

Germplasm Resources Information Network: Germplasm information about plants, animals, microbes and invertebrates.

Healthy Animals: Online compilation of animal health-related research news from ARS.

National Nutrient Database: Find nutrient information on over 8,000 foods. Search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for food items.

Nutrient Data Laboratory: Mission is to provide leadership and to promote international cooperation in the development of authoritative nutrient databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods available in the U.S.

Pesticide Properties Database: Developed to provide water quality modelers and managers a list of the pesticide properties most important for predicting the potentials of pesticides to move into ground and surface waters under a range of weather and soil conditions.

Plant Hardiness Zone Map: Standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. Map is based on average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) Plotter

STEWARDS: Sustaining the Earth's Watersheds: Agricultural Research Data System: Web-based data delivery system to provide access to soil, water, climate, land-management, and socio-economic data from fourteen watersheds.

Systematic Entomology Laboratory: Insect and mite research and identification services.

Systematic Mycology & Microbiology Laboratory: Mission is to provide the knowledge required to identify and determine relationships about fungi of importance to agriculture and forests.

Water Database: Collection of precipitation and streamflow data from small agricultural watersheds in the U.S.

ANIMAL & PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE (APHIS)

Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service  : Multi-faceted agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

CENTER FOR NUTRITION POLICY & PROMOTION (CNPP)

Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion : Works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

Choose My PlateChooseMyPlate.gov
Provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.

Cost of Raising a Child Calculator

Cost of Raising a Child Calculator

 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Provides authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.

Expenditures on Children by Families: Provides estimates of the cost of raising children from birth through age 17 for major budgetary components.

Food-A-PediaFood-A-Pedia
Look up a food to get quick access to nutrition info for over 8,000 foods.
Choose and compare 2 foods.

Fruits & Veggies--More MattersFruits & Veggies--More Matters
Health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit & vegetable consumption for better health.

 

Healthy Eating Index: Primary use of the HEI is to monitor the diet quality of the U.S. population and the low-income subpopulation.

Let's Move! InitiativeLet's Move! Initiative
Initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply: Historical data series, beginning in 1909, on the amounts of nutrients per capita per day in food available for consumption.

Nutrition Evidence Library: Specializes in conducting systematic reviews to inform Federal nutrition policy and programs.

The People's GardenThe People's Garden
Initiative to establish community and school gardens across the country.

 

SuperTrackerSuperTracker
Personalized nutrition & physical activity plan.

 

USDA Food Patterns: Identify daily amounts of foods, in nutrient-dense forms, to eat from five major food groups and their subgroups.

USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food: The Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans each represent a nutritious diet at a different cost.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing BowlWhat's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
Provides a collection of quick, delicious, cost-effective recipes for every type of cook.

ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE (ERS)

Economic Research Service : Mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development.

♦ Animal ProductsCropsFarm EconomyFarm Practices & ManagementFood & Nutrition AssistanceFood Choices & HealthFood Markets & PricesFood SafetyInternational Markets & TradeNatural Resources & EnvironmentRural Economy & Population

Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.: Summarizes the adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since their introduction in 1996.

Ag & Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials: Collection of over 75 charts and maps presenting key statistics on the farm sector, food spending and prices, food security, rural communities, the interaction of agriculture and natural resources, and more.

Agricultural Baseline Database: Provides longrun, 10-year projections from USDA's annual long-term projections report. Covers projections for major field crops (corn, sorghum, barley, oats, wheat, rice, soybeans, and upland cotton) and livestock (beef, pork, poultry and eggs, and dairy).

Agricultural Baseline Projections: Provides longrun projections for the farm sector for the next 10 years. Covers agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators of the sector, such as farm income.

Agricultural Exchange Rate Data Set: Annual and monthly data for exchange rates important to U.S. agriculture.

Agricultural Productivity in the U.S.: Estimates of productivity growth in the U.S. farm sector.

Agricultural Research Funding in the Public & Private Sectors: Data for public and private funding of food and agricultural research and development.

Agricultural Trade Multipliers: Provides estimates of employment and/or output effects of trade in farm and food products on the U.S. economy.

Amber Waves: The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources & Rural America: Published monthly - showcases the full range of ERS research and analysis on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America.

Aquaculture Data: Statistics on domestically grown catfish and trout, and U.S. imports and exports of fish and shellfish that may be products of aquaculture, such as salmon, shrimp, and oysters.

ARMS Farm Financial & Crop Production Practices: Primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices, and resource use of America's farm businesses and the economic well-being of America's farm households.

Atlas of Rural & Small-Town America: Statistics on four broad categories of socioeconomic factors: People; Jobs; Agriculture; County Classifications.

Commodity Costs & Returns: Cost and return estimates for the U.S. and major production regions for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, peanuts, oats, barley, milk, hogs, and cow-calf.

Cost Estimates of Foodborne Illnesses: Detailed data about the costs of major foodborne illnesses in the U.S.

Cotton, Wool & Textile Data: Data on U.S. cotton and wool supply, demand, and prices, as well as U.S. cotton and textile trade data.

County-Level Data Sets: Socioeconomic indicators like poverty rates, population change, unemployment rates, and education levels vary geographically across U.S. States and counties. ERS compiles the latest data on these measures and provides maps and data display/download for States and counties.

County-Level Oil & Gas Production in the U.S.: County-level data from oil and/or natural gas producing States—for onshore production in the lower 48 States only.

County Typology Codes: To provide policy-relevant information about diverse county conditions to policymakers, public officials, and researchers, ERS has developed a set of county-level typology codes that captures differences in economic and social characteristics.

Creative Class County Codes: ERS creative class codes indicate a county's share of population employed in occupations that require "thinking creatively."

Dairy Data: Includes 11 data files covering domestic supply and demand and trade of various dairy products.

Diet Quality & Nutrition: In-depth economic analyses of: The Nation's food consumption trends; Consumer reactions to changes in economic factors such as food prices and income; Consumer reactions to changes in noneconomic factors such as nutrition labeling; Dietary patterns; and the relationship between food intake and nutritional/health outcomes.

Eating & Health Module: EH Module of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) collects data to analyze relationships among time use patterns and eating patterns, nutrition, and obesity; food and nutrition assistance programs; and grocery shopping and meal preparation.

Economic Research Service Data Products

Farm Household Income & Characteristics: Latest household income forecast and estimates for U.S. family farms.

Farm Income & Wealth Statistics: Estimates of farm sector income with component accounts.

Farm Program Atlas: Public data on Federal farm programs that allows users to visually explore a core component of U.S. agricultural policy.

Feed Grains Database: Statistics on four feed grains (corn, grain sorghum, barley, and oats), foreign coarse grains (feed grains plus rye, millet, and mixed grains), hay, and related items.

Feed Grains: Yearbook Tables: Statistics on four feed grains (corn, grain sorghum, barley, and oats), foreign coarse grains (feed grains plus rye, millet, and mixed grains), hay, and related items.

Fertilizer Use & Price: Data on fertilizer consumption in the U.S. by plant nutrient and major selected product, as well as consumption of mixed fertilizers, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients.

Food & Nutrition Assistance Research Database: ERS maintains three electronic databases to ensure that its broad spectrum of research is available to the public in an accessible format for both technical and nontechnical audiences.

Food Access Research Atlas: Mapping tool that allows users to investigate multiple indicators of food store access.

Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System: Includes three distinct but related data series on food and nutrient availability for consumption: Food availability; Loss-adjusted food availability; Nutrient availability.

Food Consumption & Nutrient Intakes: ERS provides data on food consumption and nutrient intake by food source and demographic characteristics.

Food Dollar Series: Measures annual expenditures by U.S. consumers on domestically produced food.

Food Environment Atlas: Mapping tool that allows users to compare U.S. counties in terms of their “food environment”--indicators (most at the county level) that help determine and reflect a community’s access to affordable, healthy food.

Food Expenditures: Annually measures total U.S. food expenditures, including purchases by consumers, governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

FoodAPS National Household Food Acquisition & Purchase Survey: Survey of American households to collect unique and comprehensive data about household food purchases and acquisitions.

Food Price Outlook: ERS regularly updates food price forecasts for the short-term period.

Food Security in the United States

Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States: U.S. agricultural exports and imports, volume and value, by country and by commodity.

Frontier & Remote Area Codes: ZIP-code-level frontier and remote area (FAR) codes to meet the demand for a delineation that is both geographically detailed and adjustable with reasonable ranges, in order to be usefully applied in diverse research and policy contexts.

Fruit & Tree Nut Data: Comprehensive statistics on fresh and processed fruits, melons, and tree nuts in the U.S., as well as some global data for these sectors.

Fruit & Vegetable Prices: Average prices for 156 commonly consumed fresh and processed fruits and vegetables.

International Agricultural Productivity

International Agriculture & Trade Situation & Outlook Reports:  Reports in this series analyze the forces that are changing agriculture and agricultural trade in selected regions and trade areas. Analysis includes short- and long-term projections for production, consumption, and trade of key commodities in the selected areas.

International Baseline Data: International baseline projections indicate supply, demand, and trade for major agricultural commodities for selected countries.

Interntional Food Security: Projects food availability and access for 76 low- and middle-income countries over a 10-year period.

International Macroeconomic Data Set: Historical and projected data for 189 countries that account for more than 99 percent of the world economy.

Livestock & Meat Domestic Data

Livestock & Meat International Trade Data: Monthly and annual data for imports and exports of live cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats, as well as beef and veal, pork, lamb and mutton, chicken meat, turkey meat, and eggs.

Major Land Uses: ERS has been a source of major land use estimates in the United States for over 50 years, and the related U.S. cropland used for crops series dates back to 1910.

Meat Price Spreads: Monthly average price values, and the differences among those values, at the farm, wholesale, and retail stages of the production and marketing chain for selected cuts of beef, pork, and broilers.

Milk Cost of Production Estimates: Monthly milk cost-of-production (COP) estimates, and annual milk COP estimates by State and size of operation.

Natural Amenities Scale: Measure of the physical characteristics of a county area that enhance the location as a place to live.

Oil Crops Yearbook: Oilseed, oilmeal, and fats and oils supply and use statistics.

Organic Prices: Monthly and annual prices over a period of years for major commodities.

Organic Production: Data from USDA-accredited State and private certification groups to calculate the extent of certified organic farmland acreage and livestock in the U.S.

Phytosanitary Regulation: Phytosanitary regulations mainly address plant and animal health, which includes risks to agricultural productivity, environmental services, and other natural resources.

Price Spreads from Farm to Consumer: ERS compares prices paid by consumers for food with prices received by farmers for corresponding commodities.

Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database: Food price data to support research on the economic determinants of food consumption, diet quality, and health outcomes.

Quarterly Food-Away-From-Home Prices:Quarterly price data for food away from home and alcohol, both at home and away from home, to support research on the economic determinants of diet quality and health outcomes.

Rice Yearbook: U.S. rice production, supply, disappearance, trade, and price data.

Rural Definitions: Representative set of nine alternative rural definitions--compares social and economic indicators from the 2000 decennial census across the nine definitions.

Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes: Classify U.S. census tracts using measures of population density, urbanization, and daily commuting.

Rural-Urban Continuum Codes: Classification scheme that distinguishes metropolitan counties by population size of their metro area, and nonmetropolitan counties by degree of urbanization and adjacency to a metro area. Allows researchers to break county data into finer residential groups, beyond metro and nonmetro, particularly for the analysis of trends in nonmetro areas that are related to population density and metro influence.

Season-Average Price Forecasts: Season-average forecasts of prices received by farmers for corn, soybeans, and wheat.

SNAP Policy Database:Central data source for information on State policy options in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

State Export Data: Estimates of State shares of U.S. exports for total and selected individual commodities based on U.S. farm cash-receipts data.

State Fact Sheets: Information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the U.S. Links to county-level data are included when available.

Sugar & Sweeteners Yearbook Tables: U.S. and international sugar and sweetener production, consumption, and trade.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Data System: Time-series data on State- and county-level estimates of SNAP participation and benefit levels, combined with area estimates of total population, the number of persons in poverty, and selected socio-demographic characteristics of the population.

U.S. Food Imports: Import values of edible products (food and beverages) entering U.S. ports and their origin of shipment.

Urban Influence Codes: Classification scheme that distinguishes metropolitan counties by population size of their metro area, and nonmetropolitan counties by size of the largest city or town and proximity to metro and micropolitan areas. Allows researchers to break county data into finer residential groups, beyond metro and nonmetro, particularly for the analysis of trends in nonmetro areas that are related to population density and metro influence.

Vegetables & Pulses Data: Comprehensive statistics on fresh and processed vegetables and dry pulses in the U.S., as well as some global data for these sectors.

Western Irrigated Agriculture: Summarizes the farm-structural characteristics for irrigated farms in the 17 Western States.

Wheat Data: Statistics on wheat-including the five classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, white, and durum-and rye.

FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA)

Farm Service Agency : Mission: Equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans.

FSA Farm Bill Home: The Agricultural Act is important legislation that provides authorization for services and programs that impact every American and millions of people around the world. Builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.

FSA Fact Sheets  

FOOD SAFETY & INSPECTION SERVICE (FSIS)

Food Safety & Inspection Service : Public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

Data Collection & Reports: FSIS collects scientific information and generates reports in support of the Agency's farm-to-table strategies. Reports include results of microbiological and chemical testing.

Fact Sheets: Publications for consumers on a wide variety of food safety topics.

Food Defense & Emergency Response: Food Defense is the protection of food products from intentional adulteration by biological, chemical, physical, or radiological agents. It addresses additional concerns including physical, personnel and operational security.

Food Safety Education: Consumer food safety education materials and programs from FSIS.

FoodNet: Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network: Tracks trends for infections transmitted commonly through food. It estimates the number of foodborne illnesses, monitors trends in incidence of specific foodborne illnesses over time, attributes illnesses to specific foods and settings, and disseminates this information.

Foodsafety.gov: Gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

Inspection: Federal and State inspection systems; FSIS' Public Health Information System; workforce training; directory of inspected establishments.

International Affairs: FSIS insures that meat, poultry, and egg products imported to the U.S. are produced under standards equivalent to U.S. inspection standards, and facilitates the certification of exported goods.

Recalls & Public Health Alerts: Current recalls and public health alerts; recall case archives and annual summaries; how to report a problem with an FSIS-regulated product; additional recall links.

Regulatory Compliance: Information, arranged by topic, to help establishments maintain compliance with FSIS regulations and policies.

Regulations, Directives & Notices: Regulations, directives, notices, and policy decisions enable FSIS to carry out its mission of protecting public health.

Rulemaking: Federal Register issuances (notices, proposed rules, and interim and final rules); inspection Acts, Executive Orders, and other guidance.

Science: Laboratory procedures and guidebooks; risk assessments; FSIS food safety research priorities.

FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICE (FNS)

Food & Nutrition Service : Works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and school meals.

Food Distribution Programs: Mission is to strengthen the Nation’s nutrition safety net by providing food and nutrition assistance to school children and families; and support American agriculture by distributing high quality, 100% American-grown USDA Foods.
   ♦ Food Distribution Program Tables
   ♦ Commodity Supplemental Food Program: CSFP works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60
      years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.
   ♦ Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: FDPIR is a Federal program that provides USDA foods to
      low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families
      residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma.
   ♦ The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income
      Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.

Child Nutrition Programs: FNS administers several programs that provide healthy food to children. Administered by State agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children.
   ♦ Child Nutrition Tables
   ♦ Child and Adult Care Food Program: CACFP provides aid  to child and adult care institutions and family or group day
      care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development
      of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
   ♦ Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: FFVP introduces school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise
      might not have the opportunity to sample.
   ♦ National School Lunch Program: Federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools
      and residential child care institutions. Provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each
      school day.
   ♦ School Breakfast Program: SBP provides cash assistance to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in
      schools and residential childcare institutions.
   ♦ Special Milk Program: SMP provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate
      in other Federal meal service programs.
   ♦ Summer Food Service Program: SFSP ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when
      school is not in session.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. FNS works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.
   ♦ SNAP Data
   ♦ SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
   ♦ WIC Program Data
   ♦ WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program: FMNP provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition
      education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to
      infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.
   ♦ Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition: Awards grants to States, U.S. Territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal
      governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons to exchange for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables,
      honey, fresh-cut herbs) at farmers' markets, roadside stands& community-supported agriculture programs.

ChooseMyPlate.gov LogoChooseMyPlate.gov
Provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.

Super TrackerSuperTracker
Personalized nutrition and physical activity plan.
Track your foods and physical activities.
Tips and support to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl LogoWhat's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
Recipes
Cookbooks
Food Fact Sheets.

FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE (FAS)

Foreign Agricultural Service: Links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.

Buying U.S. Products: FAS offers a range of services to assist international buyers in locating American suppliers and sourcing products.

Exporting: FAS offers a variety of services and programs that help U.S. agricultural exporters succeed in the global marketplace.

Food Security: FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their agricultural systems and build their trade capacity. The agency also administers food assistance programs that benefit people in need around the world.

Market Development: FAS works in partnership with the U.S. food and agricultural industry to help exporters develop and maintain global markets for hundreds of products.

Trade Policy: FAS works with foreign governments, international organizations, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to establish international standards and rules to improve accountability and predictability for agricultural trade.

Commodities & Products

Countries & Regions

Data & Analysis: Databases & Reports:
   ♦ ESR: Export Sales Reporting: Info on U.S. export sales, by commodity and country of destination, updated weekly.
   ♦ GAIN: Global Agricultural Information Network: Insight and analysis on issues affecting agricultural production and
      trade.
   ♦ GATS: Global Agricultural Trade System: Current and historical data on international trade in agricultural, fish,
      forest and textile products.
   ♦ PS&D: Production, Supply & Distribution: Data on production, supply and distribution of agricultural commodities
      for the U.S. and key producing and consuming countries.
   ♦ Quarterly Agricultural Export Forecast: Summaries of the latest USDA quarterly forecasts for U.S. trade in
      agricultural products and a link to the joint FAS/ERS publication Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade.
   ♦ World Agricultural Production: Monthly report on crop acreage, yield and production in major countries worldwide.

FOREST SERVICE

Forest Service : Mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Visit:
      ♦ Destinations: By State or Category.
      ♦ Maps:
         ◊ Interactive Visitor Map
         ◊ A Guide to Your National Forests and Grasslands (brochure)
         ◊ Guide to Your National Forests and Grasslands (map)
         ◊ National Forest Locator Map
         ◊ FSTopo Map Images / States & Territories: Series of large scale topographic maps: 7.5 minute, 1:24,000-scale
            over the conterminous United States, and 15 minute X 20-22.5 minute, 1:63,360-scale over Alaska.
         ◊ Motor Vehicle Use Maps: Identify those roads, trails, and areas designated for motor vehicle use.
         ◊ National Forests & Grasslands Maps
         ◊ Forest Service Interactive Travel Map
         ◊ Forest Service Map Viewer
         ◊ Active Fire Mapping Program
         ◊ Roadless Area Conservation Maps
         ◊ Land Status & Encumbrance Viewer
         ◊ Land & Water Conservation Fund Map Viewer
         ◊ National Trails System Map
         ◊ U.S. Geological Survey

Managing the Land: National forests & grasslands; Private land; Urban forests; Wilderness; Natural resources; Fire; International.

Learn: Kids; Educators; Natural resource professionals; Plants & animals; Trees; Our history.

Science & Technology: Climate change; Energy & forest products; Fish, wildlife & plants; Fire; Invasive species, pests & disease; Loss of open space; People & forests; Tools & products; Water, air & soil.


National Forest System:

      ♦ Ecosystem Management Coordination
      ♦ Forest Service Engineering: Bridges & Ropeways; Dams; Environmental Engineering; Facilities; Fleet Management; Geospatial; Publications; Remote Sensing Technology & Development; Transportation.
      ♦ Forest Management: Forest Products; Forest Products Measurement; Forest Vegetation Simulator; National Forest Genetics Laboratory; Post-Fire Vegetation Conditions on the National Forests; Restoration; Silviculture; Woody Biomass Utilization.
      ♦ Lands & Realty Management
      ♦ Minerals & Geology Management: Energy Minerals; Minerals; Abandoned Mine Lands; Reclamation; Geologic Resources; Cave & Karst; Groundwater; Fossils; Appeals.
      ♦ National Partnership Office
      ♦ Rangeland Management
      ♦ Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources: Find a Forest or Grassland; Frequently Requested Facts; Maps & Brochures; National Forest Store; Outdoor Safety; Passes & Permits; Reservations; Special Programs; Travel Advisories; Wilderness, Rivers & Protected Areas.
      ♦ Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants: Watershed; Fish; Wildlife; Air; Weather; Plants; Soil; Endangered Species.
      ♦ Wilderness & Wild & Scenic Rivers: Wilderness; Wild & Scenic Rivers; National Scenic & Historic Trails; Other Congressionally Designated Areas, such as National Volcanic Monuments & National Recreation Areas.


Forest Service Research:

      ♦ U.S. Forest Service Research & Development
      ♦ Forest Inventory & Analysis National Program: Provides the information needed to assess America's forests.


State & private Forestry:

      ♦ Conservation Education
      ♦ Cooperative Forestry
      ♦ Fire & Aviation Management
      ♦ Tribal Relations
      ♦ Urban & Community Forestry


Forest Service YouTube Channel

Smokey Bear YouTube Channel

Recreation.gov: Search for campgrounds, parks, tours and more.

GRAIN INSPECTION, PACKERS & STOCKYARDS ADMINISTRATION (GIPSA)

Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration : GIPSA is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's agency that facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products, and promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture.

Packers & Stockyards Program: P&SP  promotes fair business practices and competitive environments to market livestock, meat, and poultry. P&SP fosters fair competition, provides payment protection, and guards against deceptive and fraudulent trade practices that affect the movement and price of meat animals and their products. P&SP's work protects consumers and members of the livestock, meat, and poultry industries.

Federal Grain Inspection Service: FGIS facilitates the marketing of U.S. grain and related agricultural products by establishing standards for quality assessments, regulating handling practices, and managing a network of Federal, State, and private laboratories that provide impartial, user fee funded official inspection and weighing services.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY (NAL)

National Agricultural Library : One of four national libraries of the U.S. and houses one of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences.

Topics:
   ♦ Animals & Livestock
   ♦ Education & Outreach
   ♦ Food & Human Nutrition
   ♦ Laws & Regulations
   ♦ Marketing & Trade
   ♦ Natural Resources & Environment
   ♦ Plants & Crops
   ♦ Research & Technology
   ♦ Rural Development
   ♦ Visual Arts & Agricultural History

Publications:
      ♦ Alternative Farming Systems Information Center: Resource guides, bibliographies, directories and databases--
         sustainable agriculture topics and information sources, provide research guidance and optimize data retrieval.
      ♦ Animal Welfare Information Center: Provides information for improved animal care and use in research, testing,
         teaching, and exhibition.
      ♦ Food & Nutrition Information Center: Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health
         professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.
      ♦ Rural Information Center: Information products for rural information needs.
      ♦ Water Quality Information System

Collections:
      ♦ NAL Catalog: The NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) provides citations to agricultural literature.
      ♦ Digital Collections
      ♦ PubAg: Portal to USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research.
      ♦ Special Collections
      ♦ Government Documents

NAL Data


VIVO
Web search tool for connecting researchers, research projects and outcomes, and others with relationships to the research.

Start2Farm.gov
Database of programs and resources for beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States.

Nutrition.gov
Government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.

AgNIC: Agriculture Network Information Collaborative
Search the world of agriculture or stay up-to-date with the latest agricultural news and events taking place around the world.

KYF2Know Your Farmer Know Your Food
USDA-wide effort to strengthen local and regional food systems.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE (NASS)

National Agricultural Statistics Service : 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.

Agricultural Prices (1/31/1964-present): Monthly report containing prices received by farmers for principal crops, livestock and livestock products; indexes of prices received by farmers; feed price ratios; indexes of prices paid by farmers; and parity prices.

Agricultural Statistics Annual: A 1.47: Published each year to meet the diverse need for a reliable reference book on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, and returns.

Census of Agriculture: Leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.
   ♦ 2012 Census of Agriculture Report
   ♦ 2012 Census of Agriculture Highlights
   ♦ 2012 Census Volume 1, Chapter 1: U.S. National Level Data
   ♦ 2012 Census Volume 1, Chapter 1: State Level Data
   ♦ 2012 Census Volume 1, Chapter 2: County Level Data
   ♦ State & County Profiles
   ♦ Census Ag Atlas Maps
   ♦ Ag Census Web Maps
   ♦ Ranking of Market Value of Ag Products Sold
   ♦ Congressional District Profiles
   ♦ Race, Ethnicity & Gender Profiles

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CropScape
Geospatial data service which offers advanced tools such as interactive visualization, web-based data dissemination and geospatial queries and automated data delivery to systems such as Google Earth.

Data & Statistics

NASS Reports Arranged by Title

Price Reactions: After USDA Crop Production Reports; After USDA Livestock Reports.

Quick Stats: Query the Census of Agriculture database to retrieve customized tables with Census data at the national, state and county levels as far back as 1997.

Statistical Bulletins: Final estimates, including revisions, for five-year periods preceding the Census of Agriculture: Citrus Fruits; Field Crops; Noncitrus Fruits & Nuts; Rice Stocks; Stocks of Grains, Oilseeds, and Hay; Vegetables; Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes; Crop Values; Agricultural Land Values & Cash Rents; Farms & Land in Farms; Cattle; Hogs & Pigs; Livestock Operations; Milk Cows & Production; Sheep & Goats; Chicken & Eggs; Honey; Meat Animals, Production, Disposition & Income; Milk, Disposition & Income; Poultry, Production & Value; Turkeys.

Statistics by Subject

Track Records: Crop Production; Grain Stocks; Livestock.

Trends in U.S. Agriculture--20th Century  

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE (NIFA)

National Institute of Food & Agriculture : NIFA provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. They invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.

Topics: Advanced Technologies; Animals; Business & Economics; Education; Environment; Farming & Ranching; Food Science; Health; International; Natural Resources; People; Plants.

NIFA Programs

Grants

Data Gateway  

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS)

Natural Resources Conservation Service : NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

      ♦ Technical Resources: Conservation Planning; Ecological Science; Natural Resources Assessment; Data, Maps &
         Analysis; Tools & Applications; Technical References; Field Office Technical Guide; Engineering; Economics;
         Environmental Markets.
      ♦ Land Use: Cropland; Farmland Protection Policy Act; Forestry; Range & Pasture.
      ♦ Soils: Soil Use; Soil Research & Laboratory; Soil Education; Soils Survey; Soil Surveys by State; Soil Health.
      ♦ Water: Snow Survey & Water Supply; Water Management; Water Quality; Watersheds; Wetlands.
      ♦ Air: Air Quality; USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.
      ♦ Plants & Animals: Fish & Wildlife; Insects & Pollinators; Invasive Species & Pests; Livestock; Plants.
      ♦ Energy: Energy Conservation; Energy Tools; Renewable Energy.
      ♦ Climate Change: Adaptation; Mitigation; Research, Observations & Monitoring; Resources, Tools & Services.
      ♦ People: Outreach & Advocacy; Partners; Teachers & Students; Volunteers; NRCS Employees.
      ♦ Conservation Client Gateway: USDA public website that allows individual landowners and land users the secure
         ability to request conservation technical and financial assistance from NRCS.

NRCS Programs

NRCS State Websites


Geospatial Data Gateway: Source for environmental and natural resources data.

National Resources Inventory: A statistical survey of land use and natural resource conditions and trends on U.S. non-Federal lands.

Resource Conservation Act--Interactive Data Viewer: RCA provides broad natural resource strategic assessment and planning authority for the USDA. The purpose of the RCA is to ensure that USDA programs for the conservation of soil, water, and related resources are responsive to the long-term needs of the Nation.

Web Soil Survey: Provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future.

World Soil Resources Map Index

Snow Survey & Water Supply: Provides western states and Alaska with information on future water suplies.

Watershed Boundary Dataset

National Water & Climate Center: Provides data for conservation, tools for assessing water supplies and climate, and resources for addressing questions on local and regional conditions, drought and climate trends.

Environmental Easement Boundaries: NRCS maintains geospatial boundaries for Environmental Easement Programs.

PLANTS Database: Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.


Soil Health     Conservation Client Gateway
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RISK MANAGEMENT AGENCY (RMA)

Risk Management Agency : RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). RIMA, through FCIC, provides crop insurance to American farmers and ranchers. Private-sector insurance companies sell and service the policies. RMA develops and/or approves the premium rate, administers premium and expense subsidies, approves and supports products, and reinsures the companies.
 

RURAL DEVELOPMENT (RD)

Rural Development : Mission is to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. They offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They support loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.

RD Programs & Services: RD operates over fifty financial assistance programs for a variety of rural applications.

Rural Housing Service: Offers a variety of programs to build or improve housing and essential community facilities in rural areas.

Rural Utilities Service: Administers programs that provide much-need infrastructure or infrastructure improvements to rural communities. These include water and waste treatment, electric power and telecommunications services.

Rural Business-Cooperative Service: Offers programs to support business development and job training opportunities for rural residents.

Rural Cooperatives Magazine 

INDEPENDENT & INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES

Board on Agriculture & Natural Resources: Major program unit of the National Research Council responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and the use of land, water, and other natural resources.

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research: Global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.

Farm Credit Administration: Mission is to ensure a safe, sound, and dependable source of credit and related services for agriculture and rural America.

Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation: Established by the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 as an independent U.S. Government controlled corporation. Primary purpose is to ensure the timely payment of principal and interest on insured notes, bonds, and other obligations issued on behalf of Farm Credit System.

FarmerMac: Federal Agriculatural Mortgage Corporation: Created by Congress to establish a secondary market for agricultural mortgage and rural utilities loans to increase the availability of long-term credit at stable interest rates to segments of rural America.

Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Three main goals: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

House Committee on Agriculture

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

U.S. Drought Portal: National Integrated Drought Information System  

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

ASC=Academic Search Complete; EC=Environment Complete

Agricultural Research: 1/1/1994-present in ASC: OFF CAMPUS

Agricultural Statistics: 1994-present Open Access

International Agriculture & Trade Situation & Outlook Reports: 1984-present Open Access

World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates: 3/1/2013- present in EC