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Census of Agriculture

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Rancher

The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures.

The next Census of Agriculture will be taken in 2022. Click here to sign up to be counted in the 2022 Census.

2017 Census highlights include:

  • Women are making up a larger piece of the Montana agriculture pie, with nearly 24% more female producers since 2012.
  • Montana producers also continue to show their willingness to adopt new technologies and conservation techniques, with no-till acreage up over 17% from 2012, for a total of 8,050,902 acres.
  • A new question on value-added agriculture. The report shows that 292 farms across Montana are adding value to raw commodities through further manufacturing or processing, worth over $9 million in 2017.
  • Producers are also taking more of an interest in specialty crops. Since 2012, Montana has added 162 new orchards and increased hops production from nearly 0 to 14,400 pounds.

Click here to view Montana's 2017 Ag Census report


Eric Sommer
State Statistician

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
Montana Field Office
Phone : (406) 441-1240 or
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 441-1250
10 West 15th Street, Suite 3100
Helena, MT 59626