Tuesday, April 2, 2024

USDA News: The Farmers.gov Local Dashboard Is Now Available For All 50 States

Today, we’re excited to share that the farmers.gov local dashboard is now available for all 50 states! The latest update added Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, and South Dakota to the 40 states announced last October and Iowa, which launched as the farmers.gov dashboard pilot in January 2023.

View your new farmers.gov local dashboard — a dashboard of farming data and USDA resources for your state and county.

screenshot of Lake County South Dakota local dashboard
The farmers.gov local dashboard.

Why We Created the Dashboard

We created the farmers.gov local dashboard to provide farmer-focused data sets and resources from USDA and other government agencies in a single place so you can easily access materials that you may need as you run your farm operation. We also transformed some of the complex data sets into easy-to-read charts and graphs to help you quickly find and analyze information that matters to you.

Dashboard Features

Like the other states, the additional state dashboards include:

  • Commodity Prices. View daily or weekly commodity prices and trends in prices over time to make data-driven business decisions with data provided by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Corn and soybean data is available for Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota. Corn and wheat pricing is available for Kansas. Whole chicken and chicken parts data is available for Alaska, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. 
  • Weather Forecast. View local current, upcoming, and severe weather information to plan and prepare for weather conditions that may impact your operation with data from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Historical Climate Data. View historical temperature and precipitation data to analyze weather patterns over time with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
  • Past Storm Events. View past storm events data from the NOAA NCEI storm events database to be aware of storm events that may occur in your area during certain time periods or use as a reference when applying for crop insurance from the Risk Management Agency (RMA) or USDA disaster assistance programs. 
  • USDA Service Centers. View your local USDA service center contact information to connect with FSA, NRCS, or Rural Development (RD) staff for your business needs.
  • Additional State Resources. View additional resources, like your county’s drought data from the U.S. drought monitor, contact information for your state’s beginning farmer and rancher coordinator or state agency offices, and state GovDelivery subscription.
screenshot of Lake South Dakota weather data
The farmers.gov local dashboard displays current and historical weather information and past storm events.

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