With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America.
The Census of Agriculture, conducted only once every five years, is the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation. It looks at farms, value of land, market value of agricultural production, farm practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers and ranchers do business.
Information collected is used by agribusinesses, town planners, local governments, and policy makers, as well as farmers, ranchers, growers and others to shape farm programs, boost rural services and grow the future of farming.
Since the deadline is only a few weeks away, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) may contact producers by phone or in person to collect Census information since time is running out. Farmers and ranchers also can return their forms by mail or online.
Federal law requires a response from everyone who receives the Census form and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
For more information visit the Census website for helpful tips on completing your Census form, or call 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828).