What to watch for as USDA readies the 2012 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to release the 2012 Census of Agriculture on Friday with more specific data by state and county and by agriculture product. The National Agricultural Statistics Service released a partial report in February. The full 2012 Census of Agriculture will also include more details about all of the individuals who own and work on farms. The preliminary report only profiled individuals listed as “principal operators.”

Settlement payments for black farmers in years-old lawsuit now released

Timothy Pigford sued the United states Department of Agriculture in 1997 because he believed black producers were being denied loans. Pigford's case resulted in the largest civil rights settlement in the history of the United States. Yet, many black producers who joined the settlement have only recently received their portion of the settlement.