Barn on farm

(Photo: Joclyn Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association)

Ag Census promotes all types of agriculture

December 1, 2022

The 2022 Census of Agriculture is now under way giving producers the opportunity to make a positive impact on their industry and community.

Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them, providing an accurate picture of American agriculture.

The ag census is the nation’s only comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every state and county. Farm and commodity organizations, extension educators, agribusinesses, legislators at all levels of government, news media and many others routinely use data from the ag census for a wide variety of purposes. They use the information to:

• Promote the agricultural industry and track trends.

• Formulate, evaluate and propose policies and programs that help farmers.

• Identify services and determine where to locate facilities needed in rural communities.

• Allocate local and national funds for farm programs (including extension service projects, conservation programs, farm loan programs, beginning farmer programs, research, and land grant university funding).

Every response, no matter how large or small an operation may be, is important. Census information provides a voice for all farmers that will help shape the future of the industry and support rural communities.

Producers can complete their census form online via a secure website at or return their form by mail. Online reporting is fast and secure with time-saving features included. Federal law requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential. Completed forms are due by Feb. 6, 2023.

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