USDA encourages producers to complete cash rents, leases survey

Sue King
National Agricultural Statistics Service

Farmers and ranchers may have received a Cash Rents and Leases survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This survey provides the basis for estimates of the current year’s cash rents paid for irrigated cropland, non-irrigated cropland, and permanent pasture.

More than 260,000 producers received the survey. If you received the survey, we encourage you to complete it by June 21. This survey can be completed and returned by mail, over the phone, or at agcounts.usda.gov.

Why complete the survey?

Information from this survey is used as an alternative soil rental rate prior to finalizing new rates each year for the Conservation Reserve Program. Survey responses from as many localities as possible help calculate more accurate rental rates. Completion of the survey ensures cash rental rates accurately represent your locality.

Survey results will also give you a useful tool in negotiating your rental agreements, and financial planning for your agricultural operation.

In accordance with federal law, survey responses are kept confidential. Survey results will be available in aggregate form only to ensure that no individual producer or operation can be identified. NASS will publish the survey results on Aug. 27 at quickstats.nass.usda.gov/.

Didn’t get a survey?

If you did not receive one, you can sign up at agcounts.usda.gov/static/get-counted.html to receive future surveys, including the crucial 2022 Census of Agriculture.

More information

If you have any questions about this survey, call 888-424-7828, or visit NASS’ Cash Rents webpage at https://bit.ly/3sPnf1L.

The “Cash Rents and Leases” survey is one of many surveys administered by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.