Census of Agriculture Extension Pt 2
NASS Administrator, Hubert Hamer says you can send your Census in via mail OR fill it out online …
HAMER … “We’ve had a strong push to get more information collected online. In fact, I think we’ve doubled the 2017 rate that we’re completing online. It’s a lot quicker. It’s more efficient. And it helps us to get the data in a lot quicker.”
The online version, Hamer says is preferred when possible …
HAMER … “But we realized we had some broadband issues in some parts of the country. And paper is very acceptable. We will do some phone follow-up with some of the larger operations if we have not received those. But we really prefer the internet version. We’ve made it a lot more easy to follow.”
And don’t forget, Hamer says, the information you provide to
NASS is protected by law …
HAMER … “It can’t be shared within the Department of Agriculture. So that data that they’re providing us is protected, it’s sage, and it’s designed to help their local communities, their local regions and the state.”
Hamer says with the Farm Bill discussions coming up, you always want to have the most accurate, up-to-date information available.
The results are expected to come out in February 2024.