The first release of 2017 Census of Agriculture results will occur Feb. 21 at the USDA 2019 Outlook Forum, says Hubert Hamer, administrator of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, which conducts the five-year tallies. Hamer delivered a progress update on the census in Hartford, Conn., earlier this week at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, which helps with the census. He said the overall response by farms was an “excellent” rate of nearly 73 percent. Hamer said farmers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands had yet to be surveyed for the census because of hurricane damage from 2017. That work will begin toward the end of the year. NASS is already working on follow-up surveys dealing with irrigation and aquaculture, and he said other follow-up surveys are in the works.

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