The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to open a centralized data collection and processing center near St. Louis.

The agency hopes to further streamline operations and better serve the statistical needs of agriculture and rural America. "The USDA's investment in survey research is key in helping us understand emerging trends in agriculture and the farm sector, and in providing more efficient service to America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This new, centrally located facility will help standardize and streamline the survey operations conducted by the USDA around the country, and help ensure that we collect the best and most useful data about agriculture."


The new center is expected to open in late 2011, bringing approximately 100 full-time and 300 part-time jobs to the area.