Hemp growers may have found something unique in their mailbox during winter, as state agriculture representatives plan for the 2022 Agriculture Census that will incorporate hemp growers this time.
Over the past 60 days, America’s Agriculture Department for National Agricultural Statistics Service submitted ‘content tests’ to 36,000 sample producers from multiple agriculture regions countrywide.
These content tests are short surveys to assist the department market estimations for a wider census.
The NASS performs Agriculture Census after each half a decade to the Agriculture Department an accurate count of America’s farms and the individuals running them.
The agriculture census examines land ownership and use, operator traits, expenditures, and income, production activities and is a source of comprehensive, uniform agricultural information for each county within the United States.
The census allows agricultural producers to provide data that affects decisions that shape their segment and America’s future agriculture.
Based on USDA-NASS, there will be multiple tests running simultaneously through 2021’s spring to handle technology trends and producer requests, including the incorporation of previously reported information.
NASS is also conducting tests on how it gathers information. Content tests are brief surveys that entail a few screening queries to ascertain whether operations satisfy the meaning of a farm; thus, helping fine-tune the sample list’s preciseness for the upcoming agriculture census.
Most crucial for hemp farmers, the NASS is trying out queries for the new product that would be featured for the first time in next year’s agriculture census
The results from content tests will be mulled over for incorporation during the imminent census. Under state law, USDA-NASS will protect all responses from third-parties and use them for statistics only.
Farmers who have received the content test may get assistance to complete it by contacting USDA through 888-424-7828. By completing their content test, hemp growers have the chance to make a difference for America’s producers answering future NASS censuses and surveys.