Ranchers to stand and be counted in the 2012 Census of Agriculture

Posted on December 18, 2012


It’s that time again. The nation-wide census of agriculture rolls around every five years, conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The data takes every ranch, farm, rancher and farmer into account.

The data is important, said NASS Census and Survey division director Renee Picanso, because policymakers use it to write policies that directly impact the nation’s ag sector.

According to the 2007 survey data, the U.S. contained 2 million farms totaling 922 million acres. This was a 4 percent increase from 2002, mostly due to hobby farms and farmer’s market suppliers. It will be interesting to see how the American farming scene has changed in the last five years.

NASS is to have all the forms mailed out by the end of the year, and recipients are to fill them out by Feb. 4, 2013. Farmers and ranchers can either mail the form or fill out the survey online, at www.agcensus.usda.gov.

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