Census of Agriculture survey process underway
This fall, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is sending the 2022 Census of Agriculture to nearly three million ag producers across the country, including all of the farms and producers in Cook County. NASS is trying to get as many internet responses as possible, so survey codes for responding securely online will be sent this November, with paper questionnaires mailed out in December. Online responses will save taxpayer dollars by eliminating the need for data entry and saving postage and paper.
The ag census includes every operation – large or small, urban or rural – from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products are produced and sold, or would normally be produced and sold, in the ag census year. This includes greenhouse growers, backyard chicken coop, and horse owners, along with wheat, cattle, and dairy producers. The Census data not only influence business and supply chain logistics, but it also informs policy and program decisions that directly impact producers, ag operations, and communities across the United States.
To learn more about the 2022 Census of Agriculture, visit nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.