Estimates of livestock holdings in counties in the conterminous United States as reported in the 1987 Census of AgricultureEntry ID: USGS_ag_stock
Abstract: The livestock holdings estimates in this coverage are intend for use in
estimating regional livestock holdings, and in producing visual displays and
mapping relative amounts of agricultural livestock holdings across broad
regions of the United States.
This coverage contains estimates of livestock holdings in counties in the
conterminous United States as reported in the 1987 Census of Agriculture ... (U.S.
Department of Commerce, 1989a). Livestock holdings data are reported as either
a number (for example, number of milk cows), number of farms, or in thousands
of dollars. Livestock holdings estimates were generated from surveys of all
farms where $1,000 or more of agricultural products were sold, or normally
would have been sold, during the census year.
Most of the attributes summarized represent 1987 data, but some information for
the 1982 Census of Agriculture also was included.
The polygons representing county boundaries in the conterminous United States,
as well as lakes, estuaries, and other nonland-area features were derived from
the Digital Line Graph (DLG) files representing the 1:2,000,000-scale map in
the National Atlas of the United States (1970).
Livestock Census of Agriculture Counties United States
Procedures_Used: CENSUS DATA
An automated procedure was developed for processing the raw census data into
ARC/INFO coverage attributes. The procedure is summarized below: 1) copy
county2m coverage to coverage representing type of census data (i.e. ag_expn or
ag_land), 2) run agadd.aml for each item added to the coverage, giving coverage
name and attribute field number as arguments.
The agadd.aml program runs a fortran program to extract field data from the raw
census data files, and then processes that raw data finally adding it as a
column of attribute data to the county coverage. Other programs were developed
to calculate summary statistics of the census attribute data, and to make
graphics representing attribute values across the United States. COUNTY
This series of maps was published as part of the National Atlas of the United
States (U.S.Geological Survey, 1970). The maps for the conterminou United
States were digitized in 15 sheets and published in the Digital Lin Graph (DLG)
format as described by Domeratz and others (1983).
Each sheet was prepared by reading the DLG files of the political and water
bodies layers, converting them to ARC/INFO, extracting the county boundaries
and the coastline, respectively, and joining the two layers. FIPS codes were
assigned to all polygons by using available sources and were checked manually.
Boundaries with adjacent sheets of the 15-sheet set were edgematched manually,
arbitrarily choosing one of the sheets as the "correct" border. Edgematching
operations adjusted the linework as far as was necessary so that the coverages
would fit to a tolerance of 100 meters. The coverage (referred to herein as
Version 1.0) was stored as 49 separate coverages (48 States and the District of
Columbia) because the ARC/INFO software in use at the time could not process
the entire coverage. Individual States could be joined by specifying a
tolerance of 100 meters.
From time to time, adjustments were made to the State coverages to reflect
changes in U.S. counties. It is believed the accuracy of these adjustments is
comparable to the original linework.
For Version 2.0, all State coverages were rejoined and manually edited to
produce a perfect edgematch between all States. For States on the original map
sheet boundaries, this adjustment averaged less than 20 meters and in no case
was more than 100 meters. The whole coverage was CLEANed to a tolerance of 20
meters, which resulted in few, if any, effect on small offshore islands. The
coverage also was checked to ensure that it represented current U.S. counties
or county equivalents.
The coverage in Version 1.0 stopped at the coastline. There was no attempt to
depict offshore areas. This created some problems when the coverage was used to
assign county codes to sampling stations located near the coast. To help in
this matter, Version 2.0 includes offshore extensions of the county polygons.
The (water) boundaries of many of these polygons are arbitrary.
The Canadian Great Lakes features are another new addition to Version 2. They
were added to improve the utility of the coverage for visual displays Although
the Canadian Great Lakes are logically represented by a single polygon,
practical considerations -- the inability of some software to plo polygons with
a large number of vertices -- made it necessary to separate them into four
polygons. The dividing lines are located in narrow channel to minimize
interference with plotting patterns. Canadian islands within the Great Lakes
also were included.
All ticks were relocated to places that are easily visible on maps of the
United States, to help in registering maps that may not otherwise have adequate
To expedite accessing parts of the coverage, certain items have been indexed
with the procedure, INDEX_COUNTY.AML. See Section 3 above. A spatial index also
When using this coverage to clip or intersect other coverages, a tolerance as
low as 2 meters can be used.
The processing used to derive this coverage moved boundaries from their
positions on the original maps. In cases of conflicting lines, preference was
given to forming the correct topology. Strictly speaking, this coverage is not
identical to the source materials. These changes were unavoidable in producing
a continuous coverage of the conterminous United States.
Revisions: COUNTY POLYGON DATA
Revision 1.0, 12/17/90. This revision represents numerous corrections and minor
modifications made to this set of coverages from its construction in 1985
through the revision date.
Revision 2.0, 3/18/91. Major reworking of the coverage, combining all
Reviews_Applied_to_Data: The Census of Agriculture data processing
procedure and attribute data have been peer reviewed in 1993 by
Leonard Orzol and Barbara Ruddy, both hydrologist with the USGS.
The county boundaries in this coverage have received no formal review. They
have, however, been used in numerous applications where serious error would
have been obvious. Some State coverages were corrected following such use. The
offshore polygon extensions and the Canadian Great Lakes polygons have had no
Related_Spatial_and_Tabular_Data_Sets: This coverage is part of series of
1:2,000,000-scale base maps covering the United States. Layers in this set
COUNTY -- County boundaries. STATE -- State boundaries (formed from COUNTY).
WATERBOD -- Water Bodies. STREAM -- Streams. HUC -- Hydrologic cataloging units
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Battaglin, W.A., and Goolsby, D.A.
Dataset Title: Estimates of livestock holdings in counties in the conterminous United States as reported in the 1987 Census of Agriculture
Dataset Release Date: 1994-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Lakewood, CO
Dataset Publisher: USGS
Version: 1.0Online Resource: http://water.usgs.gov/lookup/getspatial?ag_stock
Latitude Resolution: 1.0
Longitude Resolution: 1.0
Use Constraints CENSUS DATA Estimates of livestock holdings by county were reported by the U.S.
Department of Commerce (1989a, 1898b) in the 1987 Census of Agriculture. The
estimates were constructed from surveys of all farms where $1,000 or more of
agricultural products were sold, or normally would have been sold, during the
census year. Sampling and statistics ... were used to account for nonresponding
farm operations. Thus, the information in the Census of Agriculture is subject
to sampling variability as well as reporting and coverage errors. Census
disclosure rules prevent publication of information that would disclose the
operation of individual farms. Thus, for example, one or two sod farms may be
reported in a county, but no acreage of sod harvested is reported, because
release of that information might disclose information about a particular
farmer's operation. COUNTY BOUNDARIES The original files for this map were
provided in 15 sections. Boundaries near the edges of sections have been
adjusted in edgematching. Polygons that extend into the water (an ocean or the
Great Lakes) should be considered arbitrary.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: ftp
Distribution Size: 3534652 bytes
Distribution Format: ArInfo export
Distribution Media: ftp
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Distribution Format: SDTS
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: wbattagl at usgs.gov
P.O. Box 25046, Denver Federal Center, Bldg. 25
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80225
Domeratz, M. A., Hallam, C. A., Schmidt, W. E., and Calkins, H. W., 1983,
USGS Digital Cartographic Data Standards: Digital Line Graphs from
1:2,000,000-scale Maps. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 895-D, 38p.
Nebert, Douglas D., 1994, Design of the distributed spatial data library for the Water Resources Division, U. S. Geological Survey: U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 94-327, 30 p.
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1989a, Census of agriculture, 1987 -- Final
county file: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census,
[machine-readable data file]
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1989b, Census of agriculture, 1987 -- Final
county file technical documentation: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division.
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1990, Census of agriculture, 1987 --
Agricultural atlas of the United States, volume 2: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Agriculture Division, AC87-S-1, 210 p.
U.S. Geological Survey, 1970, National atlas of the United States of America: Washington D.C., U. S. Geological Survey, 417 p.
Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2004-12-02