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SC Commissioner Weathers: Ag Census Time

It’s time for the Census of Agriculture. Why is this important, Commissioner?

• Every five years, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service carries out the Census of Agriculture.
• The Census of Agriculture was first collected in 1840.
• It’s sent to all known ag producers in the U.S. and contiguous territories, of all sizes, and who produced and sold (or would have sold) $1,000 or more of agricultural product in 2022.
• This is the best source of information we have about farming in South Carolina and nationwide.
• Census data are used by federal and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension and others to inform decisions about policy and farm programs and services that help producers and rural communities.
• It also helps us understand how agriculture is changing.
• It gives us a baseline understanding of where South Carolina ranks against other states.
• NASS began mailing out survey codes in late November. You can fill out the survey online by using the code that was mailed to you.
• Paper questionnaires are being mailed in December.
• If you haven’t completed yours yet, I urge you to do so.
• If you have questions about completing your form, did not receive a form, or want to learn more, visit nass.usda.gov/agcensus or call 888-424-7828.