Census of Agriculture

Summary of changes

Activity on this program started: 1956

Reference period of change - 2016

Instrument design - Four new topics, notably the adoption of technologies, direct marketing, succession planning and renewable energy systems were added to the 2016 questionnaire. These topics reflect changes in the industry and strong user demand for this new information. Also, in an effort to reduce respondent burden the detailed questions related to farm operating expenses have been replaced with one question asking for total farm operating expenses.

Reference period of change - 1996

Census Day was changed to the second Tuesday of May from the traditional first Tuesday of June.

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