Agriculture is the backbone of the United States and the data sets keeping a record of it are just as varied as its crops and animals. Understanding the locations of farmland and how much crops each state yields is vitally important. Organizations across America record varying types of information about agriculture, from crop types to co-ops. Did you know that 240 million laying hens produce around 5.5 million eggs annually? It seems like a fun fact to us, but it’s an important piece of data as well. Take a look at some of agriculture data sets that caught our eye.Did you know that 240 million laying hens produce around 5.5 million eggs annually? #data Click To Tweet
Homegrown Agriculture Data Sets from Data.gov
Agricultural Marketing Service, Farmers Market Locations
If you want some fresh fruits and vegetables, you can look at the directory of the nation’s farmers market. The database records the state, city, web site, and address of each market. All you have to do is enter in the information you want to find. If you are in Chicago, Illinois, you’ll want to visit the 61st Street Farmers Market for your produce.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Storm Prediction Reports
Weather can make or break a farmer’s livelihood. A database was created by NOAA to help predict storms that could happen in any area of the United States. Farmers can check their area to see if there are any severe storm fronts headed their way. Currently, the service is predicting severe storms for New England.
Economic Research Service, Department of Agriculture, Fruit and Nut Report
There is an entire database devoted to statistics on fruits, nuts and melons. The data is collected to measure the economic performance in these areas and to look at the markets both here and abroad. The value of citrus imports to the United States, as of June 2016, is $164,765 dollars. You can check the database for exports as well.
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, Wildlife and Chemical Report
Testing the soil, animals, plants, and water is vital for the health of the earth. Chemicals can cause severe damage to the environment if they’re left to pollute the land and water. If an area is polluted, then it affects the agricultural industry. You can search the database by chemical or area to find it what areas are contaminated. Synthetic and man-made chemicals are the number one culprits of pollution.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, Animal Care Enforcement Acts
The safety and protection of farm animals are becoming a priority in the United States. The database is updated monthly with animal protection cases and legislation. There were nearly one hundred cases of animal cruelty and neglect reported in March alone that violated federal laws. The database is highly informative on showing how much attention crimes against animals are getting.
The data sets we found educated us about how much goes into agriculture than just planting seeds in the soil. It is a complex section that relies on good weather, a clean environment, and good market values.
All agriculture data sets and facts are courtesy of data.gov and maybe be removed at any time.