Very soon, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service will be focused on encouraging all farmers and ranchers to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Ag Census forms will be mailed in December. NASS is an important census-taking agency within the US Department of Agriculture.
The Census of Agriculture is conducted only once every five years to accurately collect demographic information about farmers, ranchers and their operations in our country's rural and agricultural communities. USDA and many other agencies, institutions and organizations use the results of the Census for education, research, planning and policy-making decisions within government, as well as business, industry and academia. The use of this valuable information impacts everyone across our nation.
While the Census is particularly vital for rural America, it's important to remember that well-informed policy decisions have a positive impact for everyone. Even for families in our largest cities, a strong rural America means an abundant food supply, cleaner water, extraordinary outdoor recreation and more. That's why it couldn't be more important to make sure that all of our nation's farmers and farmland are accurately accounted for.
NASS mails the Census of Agriculture in mid December with a return deadline of Feb. 4, 2013. If you receive an Ag Census form, please complete and return it by the deadline.
Producers can easily and securely respond online after receiving their census form at www.agcensus.usda.gov. For questions or help completing the form producers can contact NASS at (888) 424-7828.