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Last Chance to Shape the Future of Agriculture: Complete the 2022 Census Now!
Missouri Ag Connection - 05/25/2023

With just one week remaining, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is calling on producers to complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture before the May 31 deadline. Under federal law, all recipients of the agricultural census must respond, as this comprehensive and unbiased data source influences decisions that impact agricultural operations, communities, and the industry as a whole for years to come.

NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer emphasizes that being represented in this widely used dataset is crucial to avoid being underserved. The ag census data play a vital role in informing decisions made by agribusinesses, educators, researchers, government agencies, and others regarding farm programs, loans, insurance, rural development, and disaster assistance.

To meet USDA's farm definition, recipients should respond if they produced and sold $1,000 or more of agricultural products in 2022 or would have typically met that threshold. However, even those who lease land, participate in conservation programs, or did not farm in 2022 are required to submit their census forms.

The Census of Agriculture stands apart from other USDA surveys, occurring only once every five years and providing essential demographic information and data on specific commodities like horses, bison, and Christmas trees. It comprehensively captures various aspects of American agriculture, including new inquiries about precision agriculture, hemp production, hair sheep, and internet access updates.

Recipients can respond conveniently online at or by mail. USDA NASS assures confidentiality and strict adherence to Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113, which safeguards individual producer and farm operation identities.

For assistance or inquiries, recipients can contact the toll-free helpline at 888-424-7828. The ag census data will be released in early 2024, and to access additional information, frequently asked questions, and past census data, individuals can visit the NASS website at Stay updated with the latest information by following USDA NASS on Twitter at @usda_nass. Act now to shape the future of American agriculture by participating in the 2022 Census of Agriculture.

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