Census of Agriculture Deadline Approaching
“The Census of Agriculture is done every five years. It covers all of agriculture production.”
Kieffer says the data from the survey is used to shape local and federal decisions.
“It's used… to make important decisions that impact rural communities. The Census of Agriculture is also used by organizations like Farm Bureau and those who advocate on behalf of farm and ranch families. It's also used by community planners and others making decisions that impact how land is used at the local level.”
And, federal law means your data must remain confidential.
“The USDA… particularly it's the National Agricultural Statistics Service, they are bound by federal law to keep data secure, and they only publish the data in aggregated terms. So, no individual names or addresses or identifying features are released in any of the data.”
Farmers and ranchers have until February 6 to respond to the Census of Agriculture.