Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Census of Agriculture is conducted every 5 years, with the most recent data available for 2017.  Beginning in 1997, the Census of Agriculture has been conducted by the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).  Before 1997, the Census of Agriculture was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The smallest geography for agricultural census data is county level data.

The Agricultural Census definition of a farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.  The definition has changed nine times since it was established in 1850.  The current definition was first used in 1974 and has been used ever since.  This definition is also consistent with the definition used for current USDA surveys.

Below are links to the last three Censuses of Agriculture in 2007, 2012 and 2017.  They go to the websites for each census containing agricultural data for all of New York State and tables with data for various agricultural topics at the county level. 


2007 Census Volume 1, Chapter 2: County Level Data

2012 Census Volume 1, Chapter 2: County Level Data

2017 Census by State and County