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Good Food Education & Training

Here are some excellent sources of data for proposals, articles, reports, and research.




Online County-Level Food and Agriculture Statistical Data

The following online data sources will give you fresh insights into your regional agriculture and food system. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you come across a new data source.


Food Environment Atlas

Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—interact to influence food choices and diet quality.


County-Level Conservation Practices Indicators

Natural Resources Conservation Service Performance Results System

NOTE: This system works in Internet Explorer ONLY

A conservation plan can result in more viable and productive land, earning the farmer a higher income. Farm plans help to keep farmers farming!


County-Level Value of Farm Subsidies

Farm Subsidy Database, Environmental Working Group

EWG's online database lists the top 2012 direct payment subsidy recipients for the nation as a whole, and for every state and county.


County-Level Farm Income and Expenses, 1969-2013

Regional Economic Information System

Bureau of Economic Analysis, United States Department of Commerce

See Table. CA45—Farm income and expenses


County-Level Agribusiness and Food Manufacturing, Income, Employment, Firms, 1998-2013

County Business Patterns, U.S. Department of Commerce.

A good source of county-level data on food manufacturing, agribusiness, food distribution and retailing. Data is published every year with a two-to-three year lag.


County and State-Level Farm Data

Census of Agriculture

Quick Stats and Desktop Data Query are two excellent tools for downloading data for multiple years.


Quick Stats

Download data from the Census of Agriculture, from National Agricultureal Statistics Service.


Desktop Data query

This application is designed to provide desktop access to the 2012 and 2007 Census data. Once downloaded, the application can be run from your computer's local drive or a network.


Food Availability Data

Each year, ERS calculates the amounts of several hundred foods available for human consumption in the United States and provides estimates of per capita availability. This annual series previously was called the “food supply” or “food disappearance” data.


Food expenditures by families and individuals as a share of disposable personal income

This series annually measures total U.S. food expenditures, including purchases by consumers, governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.



Consumer Price Index

Use CPI to adjust all of the above data for inflation.





Special Food and Agriculture Excel Data Sets


Marketing bill and farm value components of consumer expenditures for domestically produced farm foods, 1950 to 2006

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This spreadsheet gives you the following:

  1. Total consumer expenditures (Food Bill)
  2. At home (i.e., grocery purchases)
  3. Away from home (i.e., restaurant purchases)
  4. Marketing bill (value of Food Bill that goes to processing, packaging, distribution, retailing, etc)
  5. Farm value (value of Food Bill that goes to the farmer)
  6. Farm value share of expenditures (percent of farmers’ share of Food Bill)

Components of the marketing bill for domestically produced farm food, 1967 to 2006, with projections of farmers' share of marketing bill up to the year 2165

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This spreadsheet gives you the following:

  1. Total consumer expenditures (on domestically produced food)
  2. Labor
  3. Packaging materials
  4. Intercity rail and truck transportation
  5. Fuels and electricity
  6. Corporate profits before taxes
  7. Misc.
  8. Total marketing bill
  9. Marketing Share (percent of marketers’ share of Food Bill)
  10. Farmer Share (percent of farmers’ share of Food Bill)

County Agritourism Data, 2002, and 2007

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This spreadsheet provides data for each county in the U.S., including number of farms and value of agritourism income and percent change between for farms and income between 2002 and 2007.


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