USDA Conducting Voluntary Yet Vital Study

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2021 Farm Producer Study to gain knowledge and understanding of agricultural producers and help USDA improve services to them. A brief questionnaire was mailed to approximately 75,000 U.S. agricultural producers across the country.

The questionnaire, which takes no more than 10 minutes to complete, asks participants for demographic and basic farm information. Producers can respond securely online. The deadline for responses is Jan. 18, 2022.

“Participation in this study is voluntary yet vital,” said Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater. “The results of the study may lead to more robust demographic data products to assist other federal agencies, state and local governments, researchers and analysts in administering and monitoring program effectiveness for the optimal support of diversity within American agriculture.”

NASS conducts studies like this to determine what questions to incorporate in future censuses and surveys. This study includes questions about race, ethnicity, gender and disability status. By responding, farmers help paint a more complete picture of who they are and ensure agriculture in America is reflected as accurately as possible to meet the needs of all producers. Study results will be posted on the NASS website as a research report in the Education and Outreach section next year. No official estimates will be published from this study.

All information reported to NASS is kept confidential and protected by federal law. For more on confidentiality, read NASS’s Confidentiality Pledge. Producers who need assistance filling out the questionnaire can call 888-424-7828. More information about agricultural statistics is available from NASS.

NASS is probably best known for its official crop forecasts. See the December Florida citrus crop forecast.

Source: USDA

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