Patrick Boyle is the Deputy Director of the North Dakota Field Office of the NASS. He says the agriculture census is similar to the population census in that it focuses on every aspect of agricultural production across all 50 states and U.S. territories.
The ag census is conducted every five years.
He says it will track all use of land and ownership, production practices, owner characteristics and other topics surrounding agriculture.
The information is used to help federal, state and local governments shape ag policy.
The census will be mailed out later this month and must be returned by Feb. 4. People can also fill it out online at www.agcensus.usda.gov.