Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’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 United States 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 Cheryl Turner, State Statistician. “Many of these data about Ohio 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 findings for Ohio.
– The average age of Ohio principal operators increased from 55.7 in 2007 to 56.8 in 2012.
– In 2012, the Total Value of Agricultural Products Sold was $10.1 billion, an increase of 29.7 percent from 2007.
– Ohio cropland harvested increased from 9.9 million acres in 2007 to 10.1 million acres in 2012.
– Ohio ranked 7th nationally in Corn production and 5th in Soybean production.
– Ohio ranked 9th nationally in Hogs sold and 11th in Milk sales.
– Ohio ranked 2nd nationally in Layer inventory.
– 2,094 farms reported renewable energy producing systems, up from 569 farms in 2007.
– Ohio ranked 7th among the states with renewable energy producing systems.
“I would like to thank all operators who responded to the Census of Agriculture. Without your detailed data, the Census of Agriculture would not be possible.” said Cheryl Turner, State Statistician.
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.