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USDA launches research questionnaire to support diversity in American agriculture

In an effort to improve understanding of agricultural producers and the services the USDA provides to them, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2021 Farm producer study. This study will ask approximately 75,000 agricultural producers across the United States to respond to a brief 10-minute questionnaire, either online or by mail, by January 18, 2022.

The results of this study — which includes questions on race, ethnicity, gender, and disability status as well as basic farm information — will help give the USDA a more complete picture of who producers are in the United States and more accurately reflect farmers’ needs. All information reported to NASS is kept confidential.

The results of the study will be posted on the Education and Outreach section of the NASS website in 2022, but no official estimates will be published from the study.

“Participation in this study is voluntary yet vital,” says Barbara Rater, census and survey division director. “The results of the study may lead to more robust demographic data products to assist other federal agencies, state and local governments, researchers, and analysts in administering and monitoring program effectiveness for the optimal support of diversity with American agriculture.”

Farmers who need assistance filling out the questionnaire can call 888/424-7828.

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