In a previous career, I also used to write for the Irish Farmers Journal, albeit only once per month. That article, The Pig League, involved a lot of phone calls to farmers to get actual pig prices, checking those against other information sources to ensure accuracy and then trying to come up with a cartoon to go along with the narrative. That page invariably took me way longer to write than it should have, and this was because of my tendency to go down rabbit holes. I would find a snippet of what I thought could be helpful information and then chase after more. The Pig League was, in effect, my research project for the month.
The Census of Agriculture is an important research project on a grand scale