Area Development Magazine named the Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA as one of the 100 leading locations for 2017, the only Central California county to make the list. Area Development ranks all 394 MSA’s across the US on 21 economic and workforce indicators. Each MSA earned a ranking within each indicator, which helped determined the overall ranking for the 100 leading locations.
The Visalia-Porterville-Tulare MSA ranked 64th overall nationally, and number 18 of mid-size communities (population between 160,000 and 600,000).
“The fact that our region is the only area in Central California to make the top 100 confirms the strong economic performance of our economy and let’s decision makers know that we understand what businesses need to be successful” stated Paul Saldana, President & CEO of the EDC.
What is the Census of Agriculture?
The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.
The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. For America’s farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity.
Frequently asked questions about the 2017 Census.
Why is the Census of Agriculture important?The Census of Agriculture provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. Through the Census of Agriculture, producers can show the nation the value and importance of agriculture, and they can help influence the decisions that will shape the future of American agriculture for years to come. By responding to the Census of Agriculture, producers are helping themselves, their communities, and all of U.S. agriculture.
Who uses Census of Agriculture data?
Census of Agriculture data are used by all those who serve farmers and rural communities — federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations and many others.
How can I participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture?
Where can I access information about previous Censuses?
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