DANR Encourages Farmers and Ranchers to Sign Up for the 2022 Census of Agriculture


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) encourages all South Dakota agriculture producers to stand up and be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture (Ag Census). The last day to sign up for this year’s Ag Census is June 30.

If this is your first Ag Census or you are new to United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) surveys, sign up to be counted today. You do not need to sign up if you already receive NASS surveys.

The Ag Census is conducted by NASS and is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Taken only once every five years, the Census looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income, and expenditures.

Information collected during the Census is the leading source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data in the United States. The data is used by all those who serve farmers and rural communities including federal, state, and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, and many others.

Key Ag Census Dates:

  • June 30, 2022 – sign up ends
  • November 2022 – census mails out
  • February 2023 – response deadline
  • Spring/summer 2024 – data release

Information collected during the Census is confidential. NASS is bound by law to only use the information for statistical purposes. NASS publishes only aggregated data, not individual or farm-specific data.

To find out more about the Ag Census, go to nass.usda.gov/AgCensus