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Sept 22 -- The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, invites public comments to OMB by October 22, 2021 regarding the proposed experimental Farm Producer Study as part of the 2022 Census of Agriculture.
 
Census of Agriculture data, including data that may be used to better understand the demographics of agricultural producers, are an integral part of the primary function of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), which is the collection, processing, and dissemination of current State, regional, and national agricultural statistics.  
 
This is a request to make a substantive change to the currently approved Census of Agriculture clearance. In this substantive change, NASS provides details to the separate data collection of agricultural decision makers' sexual orientation and gender identification (SOGI) and disability status data that was mentioned in the original approval. This experimental data collection will be called The Farm Producer Study and will take place in late 2021. The Farm Producer Study will provide experimental data that will help determine if these questions should be included in future data collections, such as the 2027 Census of Agriculture.
 
Farm Producer Study proposal to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202109-0535-001 Click IC List for survey instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this page.
FR notice inviting comments to OMB: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/22/2021-20443/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request
 
Point of contact:  Dan Beckler, Chief, Standards and Survey Development Methodology Branch, NASS  (202) 720-8858
 
For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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