Dan Lofthus, State Statistician
Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Website
Agricultural Statistics Division conducts agricultural surveys of farmers and agribusinesses to provide accurate, timely, and relevant Minnesota statistics of crop acreage, yield, production, and stocks; livestock inventories; farm prices, expenses, and income; weekly crop and weather conditions during the growing season; agricultural chemical usage; as well as providing statistical services.
The Agricultural Statistics Division is a good example of state and federal cooperation. A cooperative agreement exists between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service to consolidate and coordinate activities in the collection, analysis, and publication of statistical data for the state of Minnesota. The division is made up of both MDA and USDA employees in a cooperative effort to promote economy and efficiency in collecting and disseminating agricultural information. This cooperative effort also minimizes respondent burden and avoids duplication of effort. In addition to the ongoing statistical program, special surveys are conducted for MDA divisions, the University of Minnesota, and other organizations.