Ag Census 2017
This week, America’s farmers and ranchers of all sizes will be receiving the Census of Agriculture in their mailboxes. It’s taken every five-years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics service, and is important because it provides the only uniform and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation. Trade associations, government, extension educators, researchers, and many others rely on census of agriculture data when making decisions that shape American agriculture. This includes creating and funding farm programs to boosting services for communities and the industry.
Barbara Rater is the Census and Survey Division Director. She says it also gives farmers and ranchers a voice.
"Every response of the census provides input for future planning and decision making that impacts agriculture. It also provides an opportunity for us to collect important data about demographics and the financial well-being of producers," she says. "So, the census will show us how many women are farming, how many veterans are farming, how many new and beginning farmers are farming. And because it’s done every five-years, it allows us to measure trends."
Your response to the census is required by law. But the same law requires that all producer information be kept confidential, and the data used only for statistical purposes.
You can mail in the completed census form or respond to the updated questionnaire online.
"Responses will be due to us by the 5th of February, 2018, and the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture will be available in February of 2019," says Rater.
Learn more about Ag Census 2017
Click here to see the results of Ag Census 2012
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