USDA Announces May 31, 2013 as 2012 Census of Agriculture Due Date If you’re a beginning farmer or rancher right now, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants you to know that the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture is officially closing on May 31, 2013. If you need to respond to the Census, you will have received a postcard in the mail from the USDA instructing you to do so. How does the USDA define a farm for Census purposes? A farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year. The USDA has already received two million completed Census forms. The Census is conducted every five years and is “the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation.” See the press release for this announcement here, and also for more information about the US Census of Agriculture. Happy Census(ing)!