Magazine article USA TODAY

Agriculture Census Results Are In

Magazine article USA TODAY

Agriculture Census Results Are In

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Half of America's farms and ranches have Internet access and nearly 39% report using a computer for their farm business, according to data released from the most recent Census of Agriculture. "These data illustrate the importance of the eGovernment initiatives being implemented by USDA," declares Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. "We are making more information available to farmers and ranchers through the Internet and helping to provide broadband access to rural communities. To date, this Administration has provided over $253,000,000 in broadband loans for rural areas."

Conducted every five years, the census represents all agricultural operations, defined as any place which sold or normally would have sold more than $1,000 worth of products during the year.

Highlights include:

* The top five states in value of agricultural products sold are California ($25,700,000,000), Texas ($14,100,000,000), Iowa ($12,300,000,000), Nebraska ($9,700,000,000), and Kansas ($8,700,000,000).

* Ninety percent of farms are operated by an individual or family. The number of corporate farms declined by 18. …

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