Ag census under way

From Farm Policy Facts

Farmers and ranchers across America will have their voices heard in the USDA Census of Agriculture, and the data collected in the coming months will certainly help shape agricultural policy for years to come.

The census began in 1840 and is conducted every 5 years to get a complete picture of American agriculture.

Farm operations that produced and sold at least $1,000 of agricultural product in 2017 are included.  USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service started mailing surveys to producers of all sizes in December, and responses should be collected by February 5.

The resulting data will be used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, academics and many others to help make important decisions in farm policies, technology development, rural development, and more, according to USDA. Read the rest of the article here.