USDA Extends Deadline for Producers to Complete the VERY IMPORTANT 2012 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) sent a “second request” mailing of the 2012 Census of Agriculture in mid-February. Completed Census report forms which are received by NASS up until April 15 will be accepted and included in the final results.

Conducted every five years, the Census provides the only source for accurate agricultural data at the county level. While the uses of the Ag Census data are very extensive, new data items on the 2012 Census of Agriculture report form will for the first time, collect acres planted to cover crops, acres under conservation tillage practices, and acres under conservation easements. This data will be of great importance to agriculture in crediting voluntary conservation practices in the EPA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model.

Farmers and can complete their forms by mail or online by visiting a secure website, www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Any questions regarding the Census can be answered by calling the NASS office at 302-698-4537 or 800-282-8685 between 8:30am - 4:00pm.

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