December 19, 2012
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is currently mailing the 2012 Census of Agriculture form to all farmers and ranchers. USDA uses the results of the Census to shape programs and services for farmers and rural communities. Legislators rely on the results of the Census to inform key policy decisions and monitor trends in agriculture. It’s important for all farmers and ranchers to participate because the results will directly influence agricultural policy and program decisions.
The results of the Census have on-the-ground impacts. For example, the 2007 Census of Agriculture included questions about organic production, and with funding from the Organic Production and Market Data Initiatives, NASS conducted a follow-on survey to the Census that focused specifically on organic production. The survey was the first of its kind, and the results led to the creation of new initiatives, partnerships, and opportunities for organic farmers.
Completed Census forms are due on February 4, 2013. In addition to mailing in the form, farmers have the option of filling out the form online by clicking here (you must have a survey code to complete the survey online).
By filling out the Census of Agriculture, farmers can play a direct role in influencing federal and state policies!