The 2017 Census of Agriculture is Underway
Census of Agriculture Helps Promote all Types of Agriculture
Complete and return your Census form today!
The 2017 Census of Agriculture is underway, giving producers the opportunity to make a positive impact
on their industry and community. Conducted once every five years by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census aims to get a complete
and accurate picture of American agriculture.
The Census remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agricultural data for every
county in the nation and is used throughout the industry. Farm and commodity organizations, state
departments of agriculture, elected representatives and legislators at all levels of government, public and
private sector analysts, news media, agribusinesses, extension educators, and USDA agencies all routinely
use data from the Census of Agriculture for a wide variety of purposes.
They use the information to:
Promote the agricultural industry.
Formulate, evaluate, change, and propose policies and programs that help farmers.
Develop market strategies and create more efficient production and distribution systems.
Identify services and facilities needed in rural communities.
Develop and improve methods to increase agricultural production and profitability.
Allocate local and national funds for farm programs (including extension service projects,
conservation programs, farm loan programs, research, and land grant universities).
Develop grant proposals to address rural and agricultural issues.
Every response, no matter how large or small an operation may be, is important. Census information
provides a voice for all farmers that will help shape the future of the industry and support rural
Completed forms are due by February 5, 2018. Producers can respond online at www.agcensus.usda.gov
(taking advantage of new timesaving features and the convenience of being accessible on most mobile
and desktop devices) or by mail.
Federal law requires NASS to keep all individual information
For more information, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.