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USDA to invite 15,000 producers to test new Respondent Portal in January

About 15,000 producers spanning agricultural industries across the United States will be invited to take part in the 2022 Census of Agriculture Content Test starting in January. The 15,000 selected producers were chosen based on reported data from the previous year, and were curated to represent farms of all types, regions, and value sets. Participants will be asked to take a questionnaire aimed at improving the reporting experience of the new Respondent Portal.

The Respondent Portal is a brand-new portal for farmers to use in a variety of ways: answer surveys, view weather data, view weather visualizations, and find National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports.

This Content Test is occurring ahead of the USDA’s Census of Agriculture that happens once every five years. The next census is scheduled for 2022, which NASS has been preparing for since 2018. NASS has been evaluating the content and design of previous censuses, as well as asking for public input into the design of the upcoming census.

“NASS would not be able to supply valuable agricultural data without producer participation,” says Barbara Rater, Census and Survey division director. “We recognize that time is valuable, and our goal is to improve producers’ experience when responding to our surveys. That’s why NASS has been gathering feedback from producers over the last year to assist in modernizing areas of our data collection, which includes the development of our new Respondent Portal.”

Currently, the Census of Agriculture is the sole source of comprehensive agricultural data that pulls from every state and county in the United States. The data gathered from the census is used to inform a variety of decisions that benefit the whole agricultural community, such as food delivery systems, succession planning, beginner farmer programs, land stewardship, sustainability, and more.

The 2022 Census of Agriculture will mail out to all known U.S. producers next fall.

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