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15,000 farmers asked to participate in farm cash rent survey

HARRISBURG, PA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural

Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the Cash Rents and Leases survey starting on

February 6, 2023. The survey provides the basis for estimates of the current year’s

cash rents paid for irrigated cropland, non-irrigated cropland, and permanent pasture.

Over 15,000 survey recipients across the northeastern U.S. have been selected for the

survey, which can be completed at, by mail, or phone. If

respondents do not complete the survey by February 24, they may be contacted for an


“Survey responses from as many farm operations as possible ensure cash rental rates

accurately represent your locality,” said King Whetstone, director of the NASS

Northeastern Regional Field Office. “The data from the Cash Rents and Leases survey

will also give landowners a useful tool in negotiating rental agreements and making

other business decisions for their agricultural operations.”

Information from this survey is also used in the Farm Service Agency Conservation

Reserve Program as an alternative soil rental rate prior to finalizing new rates each


In accordance with federal law, NASS keeps survey responses 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 August 25, 2023, at For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the

NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office at (800) 498-1518 or visit

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