For producers who missed the February 4 deadline, NASS is alerting them that it’s not too late to be counted. The Census is conducted only once every five years by the National Agriculture Statistics Service and provides detailed data on nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture at the national, state and county levels.
Whether a farm is on two acres or 2,000, the information gathered from all producers is important.
The survey looks at land use and ownership, production practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers do business. Decision makers and commodity groups at the local and state level use the Census of Agriculture to make decisions that directly impact farmers, their businesses and their communities.
Farmers and ranchers are not missing an opportunity to have their voices heard and their farms represented in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), almost 1.5 million Census forms were submitted by farmers, helping ensure communities and agricultural industries have a voice in the future.
When is the deadline to respond to the Census of Agriculture?
NASS has extended the February 4 Census deadline to ensure every farmer and rancher in the United States is counted. If they have not already done so, producers should complete and mail back their Census form or respond online as soon as possible. For those who do not respond by March 14, NASS will begin following up by telephone and personal visits. Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the Census and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
If you have questions about the Census, lost, did not receive, or need help filling out your form, they can visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828).
Farmers that did not receive a questionnaire in the mail can still sign up to get one by registering at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/. Just enter your contact information and a new questionnaire will be mailed to you.