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For more than 175 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has called on farmers to complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

Distributed every five years by the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), it is the USDA’s largest effort to collect data for farmers and ranchers. The Ag Census allows their voices and opinions to be heard when it comes time to make decisions based on farm assistance programs, farm advocacy, rural development and more.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue wants farmers and ranchers to show the nation how important and necessary agriculture is to the country.



To complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture,

  • Must be a farm operation that produced and sold, or normally sells $1,000 or more of agricultural product
  • Must have a personal 17-digit survey code

Participants can mail in their responses, but the updated online questionnaire is recommended.

Whether you’re male or female, beginner farmer or veteran, the Census of Agriculture allows you to tell America the story of agriculture.

The deadline to complete your response is February 5, 2018. NASS will release the results the following year in February of 2019.

Share your personal story with other farmers here.

Read the latest 2017 Census of Agriculture release here.

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