The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Taken every five years, the census provides valuable information used at the local, state, and national levels to plan for the future. The census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state, county, and county equivalent in the nation.
The census gives you and other producers a voice. Completing your census form is your opportunity to tell how American agriculture provides food, fuel, feed, and fiber to the world. Join this collective voice by responding to the census with information about your farm or ranch. You have the information and power to influence decisions that will shape the future of your operation, community, and industry.
Your response provides input for future agricultural planning and decision making. The information collected helps USDA work with other organizations and rural communities to develop short-term and long-term improvements, strategies, and safeguards to better serve you. Results from the 2022 Census of Agriculture will play a role in determining future decisions about:
Beginning farmer programs
New agricultural technologies
Rural economic development
Transportation and marketing locations
The information you supply in your census response is important — regardless of the size or type of your operation. Some of the information you provide is not collected by any other means and helps to provide new tools, resources, and reports. The Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future, and your opportunity. USDA will begin data collection for the 2022 Census of Agriculture in November 2022. The census is due February 6, 2023.
Please respond in one of the following ways:
Online at www.agcounts.usda.gov. Online reporting is fast, user friendly, and secure.
By mail. Fill out the census questionnaire and return it in the prepaid envelope provided.
Your response to the Census of Agriculture is required by law (Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113).