NASS conducting follow-up on 2017 Census of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding Georgia farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
NASS needs responses from producers who sold $1,000 or more of agricultural products in 2017, or who would have produced and sold that much. Responses are also needed from landowners who lease their land to a producer. Individuals who received a census but do not fit this definition of a farm, are asked to write their status on the form and send it back. NASS has already begun to follow up with producers who have not yet completed the questionnaire.
Georgia producers can respond to the 2017 Census of Agriculture online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail. The same law, Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113, that requires response also requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes and to only publish in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any individual producer or farm operation. NASS will release Census results in February 2019.
For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture or for assistance with the questionnaire, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call toll-free 888-424-7828.