Census Report Reflects Watershed Boundaries

Information available for all water basins.

USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service has responded to requests by its data users by releasing, for the first time, results from the U.S. Census of Agriculture at the watershed level. In the new publication, NASS reports selected data from the 2007 Census of Agriculture according to watershed boundaries set by the U.S. Geological Survey. The information is available for all 20 major water sources in the United States, as well as for each of the 376 water basins.


Carol House, NASS deputy administrator for programs and products, says the new watershed publication presents agricultural data that conforms to geographic boundaries, rather than state and county boundaries. Information from the 2002 Census of Agriculture is published alongside the 2007 Census results to demonstrate changes in land use, production practices and livestock distribution over the past five years.


The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of the nation's farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state, county, and now water basin in the nation.

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