Agricultural Statistics is published each year to meet the diverse need for a reliable reference book
on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, and returns. Its tables of annual
data cover a wide variety of facts in forms suited to most common use.
Inquiries concerning more current or more detailed data, past and prospective revisions, or the sta-
tistical methodology used should be addressed directly to the agency credited with preparing the
table. Most of the data were prepared or compiled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The historical series in this volume have been generally limited to data beginning with 1996 or
Foreign agricultural trade statistics include Government as well as non-Government shipments of
merchandise from the United States and Territories to foreign countries. They do not include U.S.
shipments to the U.S. Armed Forces abroad for their own use or shipments between the States and
U.S. Territories. The world summaries of production and trade of major farm products are prepared
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from reports of the U.S. Department of Commerce, official
statistics of foreign governments, other foreign source materials, reports of U.S. Agricultural Attachés
and Foreign Service Officers, and the result of office research.
Statistics presented in many of the tables represent actual counts of the items covered. Most of
the statistics relating to foreign trade and to Government programs, such as numbers and amounts
of loans made to farmers, and amounts of loans made by the Commodity Credit Corporation, etc.,
are data of this type. A large number of other tables, however, contain data that are estimates made
by the Department of Agriculture.
The estimates for crops, livestock, and poultry made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are
prepared mainly to give timely current State and national totals and averages. They are based on
data obtained by sample surveys of farmers and of people who do business with farmers. The su