The National Agricultural Statistics Service recently mailed out the National Agricultural Classification Survey to 350,000 potential farmers and ranchers. 

The NACS will help identify all those engaged in agricultural activity in the country to ensure that they are included in the 2022 Census of Agriculture. NASS requests that each person who receives the survey respond by May 4. 

“NACS plays an integral role in getting a complete count in the Census of Agriculture,” says NASS Census and Survey Director Barbara Rater. “By participating in the census, producers show the breadth and value of agriculture, and inform decisions that can impact their operations and industry.” 

She says it’s for those reasons that they need everyone who receives a classification survey to respond. 

Even if the form doesn’t apply to them, Rater says they need those folks to respond online to at least the first four questions. 

To protect the health and safety of the public and its employees, NASS has suspended in-person data collection and limited other in-person mail processing. 

Completed forms may also be mailed back in the prepaid envelope they provide.