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Contact: Alexandra Nseir, (202) 690-8121

Still time to respond to the 2022 Puerto Rico Census of Agriculture, USDA to follow-up with producers who have not yet responded

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2023 – Farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2022 Puerto Rico Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the deadline for submitting the Puerto Rico ag census has just passed, NASS will continue to accept completed census questionnaires through the spring to ensure all farmers and ranchers take advantage of the opportunity to be represented in the widely used data.

"We thank everyone who has already completed their ag census,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. "We encourage all producers to use their voices to help shape the future of agriculture in Puerto Rico. Census data inform decisions about policy, farm programs, rural development, research, education, and more. The stronger the response, the stronger the data. It’s not too late for farmers and ranchers in Puerto Rico to be heard through the ag census, which occurs only once every five years."

NASS will continue to follow up with producers through the spring with mailings, phone calls, and personal visits. Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to complete their ag census either online at or by mail as soon as possible. The online questionnaire is accessible on desktop, laptop, and other mobile devices.

Federal law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113 mandates that everyone who received the 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaire complete and return it, even if they are not currently farming. The same law requires NASS to keep all submissions confidential, use the information for statistical purposes only, and publish aggregate data to prevent disclosing the identity of any individual producer or farm operation.

NASS will release the results of the Puerto Rico ag census in 2024. If you have any questions or need assistance with completing your questionnaire, please call 1-866-716-5655. Calls will be answered in Spanish by staff from the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture.

To learn more about the Census of Agriculture, visit On the website, producers and other data users can access frequently asked questions, past ag census data, special study information, and more. For highlights of these and the latest information, follow USDA NASS on Twitter at @usda_nass.


NASS is the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about U.S. agriculture and is committed to providing timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

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