All agricultural producers are encouraged to be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture. The last day to register for this year’s census is June 30.
“Whether you’re a large-scale operation or a small family farm, we want you to have a voice and be counted,” said Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles. “Kentucky is still a predominantly agricultural state, and the Agricultural Census creates opportunities for the agricultural industry. Being counted allows you to have a voice in the future of agriculture and our state.
The Census of Agriculture is a comprehensive count of American farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Taken only once every five years, the census examines land use and ownership, farmer characteristics, production practices, income and expenditure.
The information collected during the census is the main source of uniform and complete agricultural data for each state and county or county equivalent. The data is used by everyone who serves farmers and rural communities – federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations and many more.
Quarles said farmers and ranchers can use the data to make informed decisions about the future of their own operations. Businesses and cooperatives use the data to determine where to locate facilities that will serve agricultural producers. Community planners use the information to target needed services to rural residents. Legislators use census data when developing agricultural policies and programs.
Last conducted in 2017, the census showed the market value of Kentucky agricultural products sold was $5.74 billion, up 13.2% from the previous agricultural census in 2012. The market value of livestock and poultry sold in 2017 was $3.2 billion, and the market value of crops sold was $2.54 billion. Net cash farm income in 2017 was $1.58 billion.
Farmers who have never received a census and are new to National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) surveys can register here to be counted. You do not need to register if you already receive surveys from NASS.
The information collected during the census is confidential. NASS is required by law to use the information only for statistical purposes. NASS only publishes aggregated data, not individual or farm-specific data.