Hoosier farmers encouraged to complete 2022 ag census

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging farmers to complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture by its Feb. 6 deadline.

“Through the ag census, producers can show the nation the value of Indiana agriculture and influence decisions that will shape the future of the industry,” said Nathanial Warenski, state statistician for the Indiana Field Office. “Data from the census works for producers by improving decision- and policymaking regarding jobs, transportation, production practices, new technologies, marketing opportunities, farm services and programs and local, state and federal policy. The Census of Agriculture is the producer’s voice in the future of American agriculture.”

The census remains the nation’s only comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every state, county and U.S. territory. Farm operations of all sizes, urban and rural, which produced and sold or normally would have sold $1,000 or more of agricultural products in 2022 are included in the ag census.

Producers can access the census form and instructions at nass.usda.gov/agcensus.

The online questionnaire is secure and user-friendly with several time-saving features, such as skipping questions that do not pertain to the operation, prefilling some information with previously reported data and automatically calculating totals.