Senate and House District Agricultural
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The 2007 Census of Agriculture was conducted by the USDA's
National Agricultural Statistics Service to obtain agricultural
statistics for each county, State, and the Nation. These data
have been published in the Volume 1 Geographic Area Series.
In addition, census data were used to prepare an agricultural
profile for each Pennsylvania Senate and House legislative district.
Farms were assigned to districts using the U.S. Congressional
District profile methodology, which was based on the principal
county of operation.
The census definition of a farm is any place from which $1,000
or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or
normally would have been sold, during the census year. The
definition has changed nine times since it was established
in 1850. The current definition was first used for the 1974
Census of Agriculture and has been used in each subsequent
agriculture census. This definition is consistent with the
definition used for current USDA surveys.
The calendar year 2007 was the reference period for the 2007
Census of Agriculture except for the following which were
measured as of December 31, 2007: livestock, poultry, and
machinery and equipment inventories; market value of land
and buildings; and grain storage capacity. All published tables,
profiles, and complete information on current and previous
censuses can be accessed on the Internet at www.nass.usda.gov/pa
by clicking on "Census of Agriculture."
Each two-page profile contains farm characteristics, graphs
of current data, rankings for the district within the State
and selected economic and operator characteristics.