Farming Indicators

  • Farm numbers
  • Sales
  • Acreage
  • Products: livestock, fruits and vegetables, other
  • Conservation practices
  • Organic production
  • Value-adding
  • Agritourism
  • Direct marketing
  • Small farms, commercial farms, corporate farms

Agribusiness Indicators

  • Food manufacturing
  • Small-scale food businesses
  • Equipment manufacturing and sales
  • Farm supplies and services

Local Food and Consumer Indicators

  • Per capita local food consumption
  • Total county food purchases
  • Total county organic food consumption


Your questions might be...

  • Are we meeting our goals?
  • What needs attention?
  • Is the organization or project running efficiently and effectively?
  • Did we have the desired effects?
  • Where do we go from here?

If you're involved in an agriculture and food system development project, you are probably asking these questions. New Leaf has the experience and tools to help you answer them.

The answers might come from...

  • Impact analysis on sales, income, employment
  • Benchmarking
  • Trend analysis
  • Projections
  • Panel surveys (to measure attitudes, knowledge, and behavior of farmers and local residents)

New Leaf can provide "prix fixe" and customized, "a la carte" data solutions. We can even set up a long-term benchmarking program for your organization or project, with information provided directly from the farming community, agribusiness, and local residents.

Advantages to you:

  • No learning curve
  • Data as far back as the 1960s
  • Data adjusted for inflation
  • Charts that clarify and illustrate key points
  • Presentation-ready in PowerPoint

Contact us to discuss your data needs, whether it's for a Data Pack or a custom package or survey.

Examples of New Leaf Data Solutions

Prix Fixe Data Packages

We can produce statistical indicator packages that not only provide the latest data on the local farming community and food system, but do it for a fraction of the cost you could do it yourself!

Local Agriculture Trends Data Pack (LATDP)

Use this data pack to answer such questions as:

  • How are local family farms doing compared to the state?
  • What is the rate of farm concentration or consolidation?
  • What are the county's agricultural strengths and weaknesses?
  • How is our region adjusting to the globalization of the food system?
  • Are we diversifying or specializing?

Local Food System Data Pack (LFSDP)

Use this data pack to answer such questions as:

  • What percent of local food consumed is produced by local farmers?
  • What is the per capita consumption of local food?
  • What percent of total agricultural sales is direct marketed?
  • What percent of our farms use conservation practices?
  • How is our local or regional food-processing industry doing?
  • What are the trends in farm chemical use in our county or region?
  • How dependent is our farm community on government subsidies?
  • What are the local trends in organic farming?
  • How are women and minorities in the local agriculture industry faring?

A la Carte Data Solutions

You can also order customized Data Packs by choosing mixing and matching dozens of variable — those above and more.

Collect Original Data! Farm, Agribusiness and Community Panel Survey Package

We have developed a survey tool for "taking the temperature" of your farm community over time (every year or two) that is easy to administer. The package includes a predesigned, online survey of farmers, and separate surveys for agribusinesses and nonfarm community residents. The survey questions are in a simple "rate your level of agreement with the following statement" format (a.k.a. Likert scales) that are quick to complete. The questions relate to respondents' perceptions of the social, economic, and environmental viability of the agricultural community. Panels of participants agree to participate for staggered terms in order to provide continuity in the responses. You can do the analysis, or we can do it for you.

Take a look at the PDF on the right to see a sample battery of questions.

Contact us to discuss your data needs, whether it's for a Data Pack or a custom package or survey.