Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) surveys all farmers and ranchers for production, sales, labor, land use and other information to inform national and state programs that benefit U.S. agriculture. Your voice as algae producers matters – be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture.
Participation in the Census shows Congress, state and local governments and federal and state agencies that algae production is a growing, diverse and vibrant economic force important to rural communities, and importantly, includes both seaweed and microalgae. In order for U.S. algae production to gain additional traction in agriculture programs at the federal or state levels, legislators and federal and state agencies representatives need to understand the scope and breadth of U.S. algae production. And the jobs and income created and sustained by rural, urban and coastal farms.
All farm specific data is held confidential, is NOT shared with other agencies and is protected by criminal statutes.
Please support and strengthen U.S. algae production by promoting participation in this important Census.
There will be a follow-up Census of Aquaculture that reports information specific to aquaculture like species farmed, production quantity and value, water sources, production systems, submerged land leases for shellfish production and state-by-state production statistics. If you qualify to participate in that census, please do so!