USDA News Release: 2017 Census of Agriculture Data Now Available

A total of 133,176 farms and ranches use renewable energy producing systems,
more than double the 57,299 in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision making, down to the county level. Information collected by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers and ranchers tells us both farm numbers and land in farms have ongoing small percentage declines since the last Census in 2012. At the same time, there continue to be more of the largest and smallest operations and fewer middle-sized farms. The average age of all farmers and ranchers continues to rise. Read the entire news release here.

Email to Nebraska clean energy advocacy / action groups from Ken Winston, Director of Policy & Outreach, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light:

LB 243, the bill to create a Healthy Soils Task Force, passed this morning by a vote of 43 to zero. It has more than enough votes to overcome a veto (hopefully that won’t be necessary) and has the emergency clause, which means it will go into effect as soon as it is signed.