Statistics: Agriculture Research Guide

International Statistics and Data

  • FAO Yearbook. Production. Annual; latest received is 2003. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
    D. H. Hill Library HD1421 .F585 v.57 2003
  • FAO Yearbook. Trade. Annual; latest received is 2002. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
    D. H. Hill Library HD9000.4 .F58 v.55 2002

    Note: See the FAOSTAT agriculture database ( for production, trade, and other agricultural statistics.

  • From the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS):
  • Trade and International Reports and Datasets
    From the USDA Economics, Statistics, and Market Information System.

United States Statistics and Data

  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) (
    • Agricultural Statistics Data Base (Quick Stats) (

      "Provides access to significant US and State information and the ability to query by commodity, state(s) and year(s)." "Some commodities and data items have historical series back to 1866."

    • NASS Publications (

      Search for publications or locate by date, commodity, keyword, release day, or title.

    • Agricultural Statistics. Issued annually by the United States Department of Agriculture. Also available (1994-present) at
      Most current issues:
      D. H. Hill Library HD1751 .A43 2012
      D. H. Hill Library Ref HD1751 .A43 2012
    • Hunt Library bookBot HD1751 .A43 2012
      Vet Med Library Ref HD1751 .A43 2012

    • Agricultural Chemical Use Database (
  • Census of Agriculture ( Quick links to "Recent Census Years" are available on this page.
    Historical Census information from 1840 through the 2000's is available at

  • USDA Economics, Statistics, and Market Information System (

    "The system contains nearly 2500 reports and datasets. These materials cover U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. Available titles include both current and historical data."

    • Agricultural Prices--Annual (

      "This full-text file presents the annual summary of indexes of prices received and paid by farmers; prices received for farm commodities by states and prices paid for production items by region and the U.S., past year and earlier years."

    • Agricultural Prices--Monthly (

      "These files contain prices received by farmers for principal crops, livestock and livestock products; indexes of prices received by farmers; feed price ratios; indexes of prices paid by farmers; and parity prices."

    • Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade(
      "Offers the latest value and volume of U.S. agricultural exports, by commodity and region, as well as the agricultural trade balance and the import and export outlook."
  • Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture (ERS) (
    • U.S. Agricultural Trade Data Update (
      Includes tables of U.S. agricultural exports and imports, updated monthly.
  • USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) (
    GATS includes current U.S. international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics by month, dating from 1989 to present.

    Note: for U.S. agricultural trade data before 1989, consult Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States.
    Hunt Library bookBot - U.S. Documents A 93.17/7: (A 105.14: for July 1977-1981)

North Carolina Statistics and Data

Includes population, farm, and commodity information.