Every five years, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture.
Data collected in the Census of Agriculture ranges from land use and production practices to farm expenditures and farm ownership demographics. This critical information is used to shape policy, USDA programs, research, and funding for farmers and ranchers throughout the country. Says Renee Picanso of NASS, “If you want to be heard and you want agriculture represented, now is your chance.”
All farmers should have received Census forms in the mail this December. The deadline to return forms (either by mail or online) is Monday, February 4th.
For Census purposes, a farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold during the Census year (2012). Any farmers, new or established, who did not receive a questionnaire in the mail should provide their contact information at www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/ and NASS will send them a questionnaire. You will have until March 31st to sign up.
Visit www.agcensus.usda.gov to submit Census forms online and to find tips or answers to frequently asked questions.