Census of ag data shows ag leaders

Updated data reveals what Congressional districts lead in number of farms and production of livestock and grain and oilseeds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its analysis of statistics from the 2012 Census of Agriculture as they relate to Congressional districts, and Nebraska’s third Congressional district which encompasses the western three-fourths of the state marked the top of the list with 54,806 total farm operators and 35,850 farms.

Oklahoma had two districts in the top 10, as well as Missouri’s sixth and fourth Congressional district at tenth and eleventh, respectively.

When it comes to who owns farms, the census revealed that Montana’s At Large district has a total of 3,509 farms declared as corporations and 2,320 as partnerships and Iowa’s third district which covers the southwest portion of the state roughly from Des Moines to the Nebraska and Missouri border follows ranking second in corporations with a total of 3,282 farms and Nebraska’s first district with 2,857.

Family or individual operations make up 30,272 in Nebraska’s third district, followed by the western side of Minnesota in its seventh district with 29,025.

The notion that the majority of government payments goes to southern producers doesn’t match up with reality, as North Dakota’s at large congressional district ranked first in the total number of government payments received at a total of $381,710,000 for 24,790 farms, followed by Iowa’s fourth congressional district which covers the northwest part of the state of $321,228,000 for 27,425 farms.

Nebraska’s third district also topped the charts for market value of agricultural products sold with total sales of $17.68 billion in sales for its 35,850 farms in the district. Iowa’s fourth district was close behind at nearly $17 billion for its 33,422 farms. Kansas’s first district, commonly known as "The Big First," the district encompasses 63 counties in western and northern Kansas (more than half of the state), making it the 12th largest congressional district in the nation, ranked third with $14.3 billion in sales at its 30,489 farms.

Kansas’ first district led the way in livestock and poultry total sales with $9.7 billion in sales on its 12,498 farms. Nebraska’s third district reached $8.85 billion in sales at its 18,964 farms. Iowa’s fourth district ranked third with $8.1 billion at 11,763 farms.

Arkansas’s fourth district located in the southern half of the state topped the list of poultry and egg sales based on value of sales at $2 billion on its 2,039 farms, followed by Georgia’s ninth district in the upper northeast of the state reported nearly $2 billion in sales on its 1,842 farms.

Kansas’s Big First district leads in cattle and calves sales at $8.6 billion on 10,972 farms, followed by Nebraska’s third district with $7.74 billion on 16,646 farms.

California’s twenty-first district in the Central Valley led in milk sales with nearly $20 billion on its 288 farms. Iowa’s fourth district led in hog sales with $43 billion in sales from 3,625 farms.

Iowa’s fourth district leads the nation in value of sales of grains and oilseeds at $8.86 billion on its 22,516 farms. North Dakota followed with $8.81 billion on its 14,370 farms.

The census of agriculture, which is conducted every five years, provides uniform, comprehensive data used by policymakers and producers alike as they aim to better understand the practices, circumstances and impact of America’s farming and ranching industries.

To view the report and find out more about specific district’s agricultural industry, click here.

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