USDA still collecting responses for 2022 Census of Agriculture
Posted on Apr 18, 2023 at 20:00 PM
The Census of Agriculture allows producers to tell the story of U.S. agriculture and it’s not too late to respond. Since data collection began last fall, more than 1.4 million ag census recipients across the country have returned their questionnaires, but many have yet to respond. USDA will continue to collect completed 2022 ag census forms through the spring to ensure all producers have the chance the be represented in widely used census data. Producers can respond online at agcounts.usda.gov or by mail.
Census data inform decisions about policy, farm and conservation programs, infrastructure and rural development, research, education, and how federal money is allocated to fund these programs. If you are a producer who has already submitted your 2022 Census of Agriculture, you may disregard any additional ag census letters and forms.
NASS will continue to follow up with producers through the spring with mailings, phone calls, and personal visits. Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to complete their ag census either online at agcounts.usda.gov or by mail as soon as possible. The online questionnaire is accessible on desktop, laptop, and other mobile devices.
Federal law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113 mandates that everyone who received the 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaire complete and return it, even if they are not currently farming. The same law requires NASS to keep all submissions confidential, use the information for statistical purposes only, and publish aggregate data to prevent disclosing the identity of any individual producer or farm operation.
NASS will release the results of the ag census in early 2024. To learn more about the Census of Agriculture, visit agcounts.usda.gov. On the website, producers and other data users can access frequently asked questions, past ag census data, special study information, and more.