Time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture is quickly coming to an end.

The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service is ending online data collection for its 2017 Census of Agriculture July 31. The deadline to submit the paper form was June 15, but NASS is accepting online submissions through the end of July.

Submissions can be made online through the secure website found on the cover of the census form. Those who received the form are highly encouraged to submit their response.

"The Census of Agriculture provides the only source of comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a release. "These data are used to make important local, state and national decisions that will have a very real impact on farmers, ranchers, ag operations and rural communities.”

The census should be filled out by everyone who received a form, even landowners who lease land, those involved in conservation programs and those who do not farm.

All information is kept confidential by NASS and only published in aggregate form for statistical purposes.

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture or to respond online, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

NASS will continue phone follow-up and personal interviews throughout July. Census information is schedule to be released February 2019.