The U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistic Service, has extended the deadline to submit completed 2018 Census of Aquaculture surveys to March 22, 2019. Farmers that have not participated in prior Censuses may call 1-888-424-7828 (phone # changed from earlier notice) to acquire a Census survey. Farmers that have not submitted their survey form or have not participated in prior Censuses, please do so!
Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) surveys aquaculture farmers for production, sales, labor, land use and other information to inform national and state programs that benefit U.S. agriculture. The aquaculture community has been very fortunate that USDA has conducted an aquaculture-specific that includes information specific to aquaculture, e.g., basic species requirements, water sources, production systems, and water acres used for production. In planning Center programs, information garnered in these surveys have been extremely important to Center Directors in guiding RAC research and extension projects that are funded by USDA NIFA.
Participation in the Census also helps to document the need for U.S. aquaculture to be included in agriculture programs (extension, research, insurance, water conservation, disaster assistance, etc.). Federal and state agencies, legislators and the public often lack an understanding of the scope and breadth of U.S. aquaculture. By taking the time to complete your Census form, the data collected will more completely convey the national, state and local importance of U.S. aquaculture. National aquaculture associations, i.e., the National Aquaculture Association, and state aquaculture associations that advocate for industry concerns with regulatory agencies and with elected officials use these data to justify the types of reforms and changes that are necessary.
Individual farm data collected by USDA is not shared with federal or state agencies and is only made available as compiled data. For more information about the 2018 Census of Aquaculture, please visit: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Census_of_Aquaculture/index.php