The final deadline for farmers to complete and return their 2012 Census of Agriculture is May 31.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts the Census once every five years. The Census is the only consistent and comprehensive source of agricultural data for every county in the nation.
The data collected by the Census is used by agribusinesses, trade associations, government officials and policy makers to make future decisions. Accurate and complete information will benefit fellow farmers, communities and the entire agricultural industry.
Examples of data collected by the Census includes land use and value, operator characteristics, market value of agricultural production, farm income, production practices and farm expenditures. Individual information will remain confidential.
All farms are required to complete the Census. A farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year.