Cash Rents Survey

For immediate release: January, 2013
For more information contact: Jodie Sprague or Steve Anderson at 1-800-835-2612



In January, producers across Montana will receive the Cash Rents and Leases survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The information producers provide in this survey will result a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and will help shape negotiations for 2014 rental agreements.

“Many farmers and ranchers participate in USDA programs that benefit their operation and their community,” said NASS’ Montana Field Office Director Steve Anderson. “This brief survey is a chance for producers to impact these programs and to ensure that USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.”

NASS conducts the survey in the spring to process, analyze and release the results before the end of the year. NASS will publish average cash rental rates at national, state and county levels for non-irrigated cropland, irrigated cropland, and pastureland on September 6, 2013.

To make it as easy as possible for producers to participate, NASS offers the option of responding online via a secure Internet connection. Survey participants can also respond via telephone, mail, or personal interview with a local NASS representative.

“By filling out this survey, you are providing an important service to U.S. agriculture as a whole,” Anderson said. “NASS will combine your responses with your fellow producers nationwide, providing the only accurate and comprehensive estimate of U.S. average rent and lease rates.”

For more information about the Cash Rents and Leases survey, call the NASS Montana Field Office at 1-800-835-2612. All NASS reports and data are available online at