In conjunction with National Agriculture Day, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is launching the 2017 Census of Agriculture on March 21, 2017.
The Census of Agriculture is taken every five years and collects comprehensive data on farms, ranches, and the people who operate them. The Census is conducted in all 50 states and all five U.S. territories.
CCOF’s Senior Policy Specialist Jane Sooby participated in the 2016 NASS Community-based Organization Workshop and spoke to the importance of the Census of Agriculture to organic.
Data is collected from any place from which at least $1,000 of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. It provides information on land use and ownership, operator demographics, production practices, income and expenditures, and more.
The completed census provides researchers and organizations with critical information that is unavailable elsewhere.
Participation in the Census of Agriculture has many benefits and provides valuable information to community planners, farm succession planning, store and company locations, federal budget support, and more.
CCOF encourages all farmers and ranchers to participate in the Census of Agriculture. NASS will be improving on their previous systems and will encourage online responses to the census. Questions regarding the Census of Agriculture can be submitted to NASS.