2017 Census of Agriculture
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s farmers and ranchers in December 2017. Conducted once every five years, the census seeks to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. To do this, they need to be able to count farm operations of all sizes that produced and sold – or normally would have sold – $1,000 or more of agricultural product in 2017.
Why is the Census important?
The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many others to help make sound, informed decisions in community planning, agricultural assistance programs, research programs, technology development, farm advocacy, and other areas. By completing the census, agricultural producers can show the nation and its stakeholders the value of agriculture – county by county and state by state.
Do I need to complete the Census?
Responding to the Census of Agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113. The same law requires NAAS to keep all information confidential and to use the data only for statistical purposes.
The deadline was 5 February; however, your submission is still needed! Submission is easier this year because an online form is offered and can be accessed at agcounts.usda.gov; You will be prompted to enter your survey code, which is located on your survey mailing label.
What if I did not receive or I lost my Census of Agriculture form? If you need more information, or need help completing your Census of Agriculture form, call toll-free (888) 424-7828 or visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.