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2022 Census of Agriculture details announced

The USDA will mail the 2022 Census of Agriculture to millions of farmers and ranchers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico this fall. The census will be mailed in phases, starting with an invitation to respond online in November followed by a paper questionnaire in December.

Farms of all sizes, both urban and rural, that produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural product in 2022 are included in the census.

“Census of Agriculture data are widely used by federal and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, and many others to inform decisions about policy and farm programs and services that aid producers and rural communities,” says NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “By responding to the Census of Agriculture – by being represented in these important data – producers are literally helping to shape their futures.” 

Information about American agriculture has been collected since 1840, and the census is currently conducted every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). By highlighting topics like land use and ownership, producer characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, the Census of Agriculture tells the story and shows the value of agriculture across the U.S.

Revisions to the questionnaire to document changes and emerging trends are considered between ag census years by NASS. In 2022, changes to the questionnaire include new questions about the use of precision agriculture, hemp production, hair sheep, and updates to internet access questions.

Learn more about the Census of Agriculture by visiting nass.usda.gov/agcensus or call 800/727-9540. The website includes frequently asked questions, past ag census data, partner tools to help share information about the upcoming ag census, special study information, and more.

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