Agricultural data are valuable for analysis, and thanks to the Census of Agriculture and other surveys, the National Agricultural Statistics Service has plenty of data available. As a cartographer, Lee Ebinger prefers to present the data in map form. A map gives anyone a chance to visualize data for multiple geographic areas as a cohesive image, providing a graphic overview of the agricultural phenomena. It also allows map readers to visually compare regions, and discern patterns and relationships in the data across regions, topics and time.
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