Census of Agriculture Extension Pt 1

Census of Agriculture Extension Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says it's running a bit behind with its 2022 Census of Agriculture.

So, according to NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer, the agency has pushed the “due date” to "the end of the spring" …

HAMER … “These data will be with us for the next five years after its released in February of ’24. So, it’s very important that we have the most accurate information.”

Hamer says the data collected is very specific …

HAMER … “These are data down to the local areas, to the more than 3,000 counties, parishes and burrows across the United States. So, we want the most accurate information for foreign policy and other decisions that will be made affecting agriculture and the farmer and rancher communities.”

Hamer says the Census of Agriculture date has been extended so that everyone has a chance to respond …

HAMER … “The 2017 Census, our response rate was 71.8%, which is excellent. If you look at survey organizations, they would love to have a response. So, we’re tracking a little bit below that, but we are really pushing and we’re going to keep the data collection window open as long as we can to try to make sure that we have the best information available.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on the Census of Agriculture extension and why it’s important.

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