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January 20, 2016
USDA to Measure Farmland Rental Rates
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact Virginia farmers in February to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers and other landowners and will help shape negotiations for 2017 rental agreements.

This brief survey is the USDA’s only source of county cash rental rates. When they respond, producers help the farming community and ensure that USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.

NASS will publish average cash rental rates at national, state and county levels for cropland and pastureland on September 9, 2016.

More than 6,000 Virginia farmers will receive the survey forms. Famers may respond online via a secure internet connection. In April, NASS representatives will begin calling and visiting landowners who have not yet responded.

As required by federal law, the USDA guarantees confidentiality of all individual information, regardless of the respond method participants choose. The agency combines individual responses with other producers nationwide, providing the only accurate and comprehensive estimate of U.S. average rent and lease rates.

For more information about the Cash Rents and Leases survey, call the NASS Virginia Field Office at 800.772.0670. All NASS reports and data are available online at

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