Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
Sounds like it's part of the Agriculture Census Act (or whatever they call it). Something the Federal Gov't passed the latter part of the 1990's.
Some states have been doing something like this for decades to keep up with the state's agri productions of major crops or animal production.
I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure it will turn up. If you're not producing anything just answer no (most time these forms have a "no" or "nothing" selection you can make near the beginning) then you usually don't have to worry about the rest of the form, since it won't apply. That's what we did when we stopped farming. It's easier to answer no and not be bothered by them anymore, than to have to keep dealing with it because you didn't send it in, so you've been kept in the system instead of being removed.
We don't count pets, since they are not raised as a source of income (but certainly a source of expense). If you're deducting expenses from livestock or crops then you'll need to list them, but most people don't try to deduct the cost of having pets (unless they want trouble wtih the IRS when they get caught) :))