USDA, Washington: The 2017 Census of Agriculture is conducted every five years by the U. S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) and the census will be mailed at the end of this year. This gives farmers and ranchers an opportunity to represent agriculture in their state, community and the industry itself.
“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”
The census will want information on operation and production, income, expenses, use and ownership. In 2012, the census sowed over three million farmers. It also shows how income and expenses changes from year to year. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting here and clicking on the "Make Sure You Are Counted" button. This can be done through June.