USDA tells a story of food and ag through charts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service has launched a new online product to open their data to the public. The ‘Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials‘ includes more than 75 charts and maps with accompanying text and is organized into nine topics.

  • Ag and Food Sectors and the Economy
  • Land and Natural Resources
  • Farming and Farm Income
  • Rural Economy
  • Agricultural Production and Prices
  • Agricultural Trade
  • Food Availability and Consumption
  • Food Prices and Spending
  • Food Security and Nutrition Assistance

“Whether you’re a researcher, public official, educator, student, or journalist, I think you’ll find the Essentials informative and useful – in presentations, reports, research, classrooms, and in other endeavors” – Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA’s Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics

The USDA website includes state level data summaries.

Here are a few interesting facts about Hawaii’s agricultural industries as compared to the rest of the United States.

Top 5 agriculture commodities, 2011
Farm receipts
1,000 dollars
Farm receipts
percent of state
Farm receipts
percent of U.S.
1. Cane for sugar
77,789
10.8
6.7
2. Greenhouse/nursery
71,951
10.0
0.5
3. Cattle and calves
46,369
6.4
0.1
4. Macadamia nuts
38,220
5.3
100.0
5. Coffee
34,445
4.8
100.0
All commodities
719,505
0.2

 

Top 5 agriculture exports, estimates, 2011
Exports
rank among states
Exports
million dollars
1. Planting seeds
3
221.8
2. Other products 1/
36
157.1
3. Sugar and products
8
45.9
4. Tree nuts
7
30.2
5. Vegetables, processed
30
14.3
Total exports
37
498.6

1/ Other products include live animals, other meats, animal parts, eggs, wine, beer, other beverages, coffee, cocoa, hops, nursery crops, pet food, inedible materials, and prepared foods.

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