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NASS publishes 2008 county-level cash rent data


For the first time, U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service is publishing county-level data on cash rental rates for agricultural land.

The information, which is available online, includes average rental rates for non-irrigated cropland, irrigated cropland, and pastureland during the 2008 calendar year.

"These data will provide an important decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners," said Joseph Parsons, director of the NASS Nebraska Field Office. "In addition, USDA agencies will have these new data available to help develop and administer important farm programs used by farmers and ranchers." Since 1997, NASS has published rental rates at the state level. The agency is providing the county data in response to requests from customers as well as the new requirements of the 2008 farm bill.

The information is based on data NASS gathered nationally from 700,000 agricultural producers during the 2008 end-of-year surveys. Parsons noted that, "In many counties, we have received enough survey responses to publish reliable county-level estimates. In areas where cash rental arrangements are less common, the estimated rental values are combined with those of neighboring counties within the district."

The 2008 county-level cash rental rates data are available online at www.nass.usda.gov through Quick Stats, NASS's agricultural statistics database. Maps of Nebraska district and county cash rents can be found at www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Nebraska/Charts_and_Maps/index.asp.

Find agricultural statistics for your county, state, and the nation at www.nass.usda.gov/.

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