USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Census Update–

Current Data Collections

Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)

NASS has extended data collection for the second phase of ARMS. This phase of the survey is collected by phone enumeration only. The interview can take up to an hour. Please help us spread the word to producers about the importance of participation in this vital survey.

ARMS is USDA’s primary source of information on the production practices, resource use, and economic well-being of America’s farms and ranches. The results of the survey, often used by policymakers, are the only source of information available for objective evaluation of many critical issues related to agriculture and the rural economy.

During phase two, we collect data on production practices and chemical use from cotton (AR, MS, MO, NC, TN, AL, GA, OK, TX), corn (KS, NE, ND, SD, MO, IN, MI, OH, KY, NC, NY, PA, GA, CO, TX), and rice (AR, LA, MS, MO, CA, TX) producers. 

Starting Dec. 27, we will begin data collection for the third phase of ARMS – collecting costs and returns data from standard and organic dairy, corn, and rice producers.

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Corn, rice, and cotton producers: Be represented in these vital USDA data. Please respond to@usda_nass interviewers who may call in coming weeks to help you complete your Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). For more info:

                Hemp Acreage and Production Survey

Data collection for NASS’s hemp survey is wrapping up this week! This inaugural survey, sent to 20,500 producers, will set the benchmark for hemp acreage and production to assist regulatory agencies, producers, state governments, processors, and other key industry entities. The survey data will support the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service to administer and monitor states and Indian Tribes who are approved under the 2018 Farm Bill to grow domestic hemp that will supply production for this emerging industry. The survey data will also assist the USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Economic Research Service, and USDA Risk Management Agency with their program support responsibilities related to domestic hemp production. The survey collects information on the acreage, yield, production, price, and value of hemp in the United States. Producers have until Dec. 10 to respond. Data release is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2022. For more information, reference, and use the news releaseblog, and survey webpage are available.

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December Agricultural Survey

Just one week left to respond! December Ag, mailed to 84,000 producers nationwide (except HI), provides important year-end data on crop production. Data release is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2022.

December Hogs and Pigs

Data collection is being gathered these first two weeks of December! Issued four times yearly, this report presents data on the U.S. pig crop for 16 major states and the United States, including inventory number by class, weight group, farrowings, and farrowing intentions. Pigs per litter and pig crop by quarter are also covered in the report. The survey was recently mailed to 6,443 producers nationwide. Data release is scheduled for Dec. 23. 

Mailing this December

National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS)

The final phase of the multi-year National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) is around the corner! The NACS is a nationwide ag census mail list building effort to identify all agricultural operations across the United States and ensure every producer has a voice in the upcoming census.

Survey codes mail out to a million potential producers on Dec. 13. The NACS is required by federal law to be completed by everyone who receives a form, even if not involved in agriculture. NASS will update records accordingly. The deadline for response is Jan. 24, 2022. The online questionnaire is fast and secure. Want to know USDA’s definition of a farm? Check out What is a Farm? – YouTube. Producers who did not receive the 2017 Ag Census are encouraged to sign up to be counted in future censuses and surveys at

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New to agriculture or NASS surveys? Check your mailboxes beginning Dec. 13 for the@usda_nass National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS). Responding online is quick and secure. Learn more about the survey, including FAQs:

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Farm Producer Study

Mailing out to 75,000 producers on Dec. 20, the Farm Producer Study is a one-time test survey. The purpose of this expanded demographic study is to improve our understanding of the agricultural population and help the USDA better serve agricultural producers. Every response is vital. The deadline for response is Jan. 18, 2022. Depending on test results, the questions might be included in the 2027 Census of Agriculture. The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes. It can be completed online or by mail. As always, all information provided is confidential, protected by federal law. The results of the study will be posted on the NASS website as a research report in the Education and Outreach section in 2022. No official estimates will be published from this study.

Ag Census Content and New Respondent Portal Test

NASS is conducting another ag census content test in preparation for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. Mailing survey codes in two weeks to 15,000 producers nationwide, this survey is online only. It will test the expanded use of previously reported data (checking for continued accuracy; the hope is that using previously reported data will lessen respondent burden) AND NASS’s new respondent portal for the very first time. The portal, developed over several months, will be a one-stop-shop for producers to respond to surveys, access reports of interest, reference previously completed surveys, get NASS news, and more. The deadline for response is Feb. 7, 2022.    

Coming in early 2022

January Cattle

This biannual survey will be mailed to around 40,000 producers nationwide. Data will be collected in the first two weeks of January. This biannual report contains the inventory numbers and values of all cattle and calves, number of operations and size group estimates by class and state as well as for the entire United States. Also included are statistics on cattle on feed and grazing on small grain pasture and calf crop data. Data release is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2022.     


The first-ever NASS Agroforestry survey is mailing to 11,100 producers in February 2022. The Agroforestry Survey is a multi-agency effort to quantify the five agroforestry practices typically used by ag producers for conservation. The survey should take no longer than 50 minutes to complete. Online response is encouraged, but producers can also respond by mail. Data collection concludes April 5, 2022. Survey results will be used to guide USDA policy and program development and help producers and conservationists make more effective and efficient decisions. This project is conducted as a cooperative effort with the USDA National Agroforestry Center, which is a partnership between USDA’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The National Agroforestry Center will release the summarized data in publications, studies, highlights, and press releases in late 2022.

New NASS Data Highlights:

           2021 Agricultural Land Values and Cash Rents

Upcoming Events:

            Stat Chat!

On Thursday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET Crops Branch Chief Lance Honig will host another Crop Production #StatChat on Twitter @usda_nass.

Don’t miss the next Hogs and Pigs #StatChat on Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. ET with Livestock Branch Chief Travis Averill.

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2022 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Join us at USDA’s largest annual gathering and the agricultural sector’s premier event—the 2022 Agricultural Outlook Forum, themed “New Paths to Sustainability and Productivity Growth.” The Forum will be held virtually Feb. 24-25, 2022, and will feature an exceptional lineup of topics and speakers! Don’t miss NASS’s session about data visualization.

  • Join Chief Economist Seth Meyer as he unveils USDA’s initial forecast for the agricultural economy, commodity markets, and trade in 2022 and discuss U.S. farm income situation.
  • Learn from more than 100 subject matter experts, executives and academics as they discuss some of the most pressing issues impacting agriculture and potential solutions.
  • Get the latest on innovations and technologies designed to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes while increasing agricultural productivity.

Registration is free but required to attend the Forum.  For more information, see the Forum’sProgram at a Glance. Don’t miss your chance to hear the latest updates from industry leaders.

NASS Public Affairs Calendar

Upcoming News Releases, Blogs, Highlights, etc.

December 6: News Release ~ NACS

December 9: Twitter Stat Chat @ 1 p.m. ET

December 10: News Release ~ Farm Producers Study

December 14: News Release ~ Respondent Portal/Census Content Test

December 15: Blog ~ Hawaii ag

December 23: News Release ~ Hogs and Pigs data release

December 23: Twitter Stat Chat @ 4 p.m. ET  

December 29 (tentative): News Release ~ NASS Accomplishments

January 12: News Release ~ Annual Crop Production data release

January 12: Twitter Stat Chat @ 1 p.m. ET

January 25: News Release ~ Agroforestry 

January 26: Blog ~ The difference between NASS surveys and censuses

January 31: News Release ~ Cattle data release

January 31: Twitter Stat Chat @ 4 p.m. ET

February 9: Twitter Stat Chat @ 1 p.m. ET

February 17: News Release ~ Hemp Data Release

February 17: Twitter Stat Chat @ 4 p.m. ET

February 23: Blog ~ Hemp  

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