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Still Time to be Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

Dean C. Groskurth
(800) 582-6443

NASS to follow-up with Nebraska producers who have not yet responded
LINCOLN, Neb. March 13, 2018 – Nebraska farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the
2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has passed, NASS will continue to
accept Census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American
agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers.
"We thank everyone who has completed their Census to date. Nebraska currently has a return rate of just
over 46 percent of the Census questionnaires mailed to producers last December," said Dean Groskurth,
director of the NASS Northern Plains Field Office. "A lot is at stake if producers are not represented in
this data. Census data have and will continue to influence important decisions for American agriculture.
The data will affect every operation and every farming community at some point, whether it be through
farm policy, disaster relief, insurance or loan programs, infrastructure improvements, or agribusiness
setup. There is accuracy and strength in numbers, which is why NASS is committed to giving producers
every opportunity to respond."
Federal law mandates that everyone who received the 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire complete
it and return it even if not currently farming. NASS will continue to follow-up with producers through the
spring with mailings, phone calls, and personal visits. To avoid these additional contacts, farmers and
ranchers are encouraged to complete their Census either online at or by mail as
soon as possible. Responding online saves time by skipping sections that do not apply and automatically
calculating totals. The online questionnaire is accessible on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit For questions
or assistance filling out the Census, call toll-free (888) 424-7828.