The Census of Horticultural Specialties collects information to provide a comprehensive and detailed picture of the horticulture sector of the U.S. economy. It is the only source of detailed production and sales data for floriculture, nursery and specialty crops. For the 2014 census, an operation is defined as any place that grew and sold $10,000 or more of horticultural specialty products during the census year.
The Census of Horticultural Specialties provides valuable, detailed, objective information to help determine the economic impact of horticulture production at the national and state levels. Data published from the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties will help provide the industry with a timely, reliable source of information.
NASS mailed census forms in December 2014 to more than 40,000 establishments nationwide who were currently engaged in horticulture production activities. Responses were due by February 5, 2015.
The 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties asked about horticulture activities during 2014, including:
Yes. United States law (Title 7, U.S. Code) requires all those who received a 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties to respond.
No. Respondents are guaranteed by law (Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347) that their individual information will be kept confidential.
NASS will publish the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties report on Monday, December 14, at Noon ET. The 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties results will be accessible online in several formats, including NASS' searchable QuickStats database and a full PDF publication.
Several options will be provided for accessing the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties data. A PDF version of the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties results will be accessible online. Data will also be available via QuickStats, a searchable database . Additional summary results and other materials will be provided. Visit www.agcensus.usda.gov to access the information online. Follow NASS on Twitter @usda_nass.
For additional information on the Census of Horticultural Specialties, call the Agricultural Statistics Hotline at 800-727-9540 or email email@example.com.
In statistics, methodology is the survey processes by which data are collected, analyzed and summarized.
Appendix A of the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties report provides information about data collection and data processing activities and discusses the statistical methodology used in conducting and evaluating the survey.
Appendix B of the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties report includes definitions of specific terms and phrases used in the publication. It also provides an example of the report form and instruction sheet used to collect data.
Special tabulations can be requested on the NASS website at http://www.nass.usda.gov/Data_and_Statistics/Special_Tabulations/.
If you have a concern about state-level data, please contact the appropriate USDA NASS regional office (http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/RFO/). If your concern is about national-level data, please contact or 800-727-9540. We can direct you to the appropriate subject matter expert.
Last Modified: 12/14/2015