USDA tries to reach farmers of color for agricultural census.

This February 2022 photo of Teddy Holub sowing garden trays can be seen in a field near Coggon. The US Department of Agriculture wants to find urban and black farmers such as Holub for the census. (Nick Rollman / The Gazette)

This fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Begins the 2022 agricultural census, counting farms and ranches and subsistence people.

The USDA census of land use and ownership, ownership characteristics, production, revenue and expenditure helps determine how to spend money. The information will be used at the state level for research studies, agricultural education and program decisions.

The requirement to participate in the census is to be able to collect and sell at least $ 1,000 worth of agricultural products by 2022, including some animals.

How is the government making the census forms available to non-traditional farmers such as urban farmers and ethnic groups?

First, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NSA) census showed that people are farming, with white males growing maize, soybeans, and cotton.

“The latest census has told us that people want to see themselves in the media,” said Jodie Halverson, a spokeswoman for the Statistics Service. “The Aging Campaign Brochures, advertisements, web crawlers, leaflets and other materials highlight American agricultural diversity.”

In December, the Statistics Service completed the National Agricultural Assignment Survey, listing efforts for more than 1 million agricultural producers. The results of that survey will help ensure that the USDA has a very complete and accurate mailing list for the 2022 AG census, Halvorson said.

From September 19 to 22, the organization will hold a national workshop in San Antonio to encourage community-based organizations to get their numbers counted before the February deadline.

“The focus of the workshop is to strengthen our partnership with CBO teams and reach out to previously untapped and strong communities,” Halvorson said. “Updates for partners and stakeholders who want to help us promote and get the word out will be posted in the Partnership Tools section of the 2022 Agricultural Census website.”

Farmers and other users can access previous counts online from 1840 to 1840.

“Manufacturers now have a lot of resources at their disposal. They can access data images and interest reports, link them to other USDA agencies, and more,” Halvorson said.

Key days of the 2022 agricultural census

June 30 – Registration ends. Register here https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/static/get-counted.html

November 2022 – Census envelopes are released.

February 2023 – Deadline for response

Spring / Summer 2024 – Data Release

The USDA 2017 Census estimates that 99.6 percent of the 143,447 farmers in Iowa were white. Other manufacturers counted in the previous census

  • Asia 151
  • More than one seed reported 217
  • Black or African American 72
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 21

Nationally, there were 45,508 black farmers, or 1.3 percent of the 4 million producers, according to the US dollar.

In a February interview with the Black Farmers newspaper, he said some black and vegetable growers do not consider themselves as traditional farmers or may not be on USDA radar and may report low national and state numbers.

Coggon TD Holub began gardening in 2013 with a friend and a half hectare of Grandpa’s lawn. He now rents a family of 6.5 hectares and buys a 3.5-acre house to share with his wife, Sarah, and his young daughters, Masin and Natalie.

Garden Oasis produces 40 varieties of vegetables to serve 100 CSA members throughout the growing season.

Holubs has a large tunnel greenhouse, which allows them to extend their growth period from March to December. Each year, they produce between 500 and 600 grazing chickens.

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