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Grow Your Farm Future with the 2012 Census of Agriculture
Respond to the Census Before Itís too Late
WASHINGTON, Mar. 19, 2013 –With spring and planting season on the horizon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is alerting farmers and ranchers of their final chance to sow a seed for their future by being counted in the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
“We’ve received more than 1.8 million completed Census forms, and we want to recognize the dedication and effort of the many farmers, ranchers and growers who have responded,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I urge those who have not yet responded to seize this opportunity. There is still time to be counted if you respond today.”
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. The information is used by town planners, policy makers, agribusinesses and others to help make important growth-generating decisions.
“Before you tackle your decisions for this growing season, make sure you’ve responded to the Census of Agriculture. It’s the easiest choice to make,” said Vilsack. “At a time of uncertainty in our nation, we rely on sound data – statistics that lay the groundwork for our programs and policies. By responding to the Census, you are sowing seeds that will help reap benefits and grow the future of American agriculture.”
The 2012 Census will provide a vital snapshot of agriculture today that will be used to shape the future of the agriculture industry, rural America, and the lives of those USDA serves for years to come. This week, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin mailing a final copy of the 2012 Census of Agriculture to producers who have not yet responded. NASS is committed to ensuring that every farm and ranch operation in the United States is counted. Therefore, NASS representatives will make follow up telephone calls and personal visits throughout the spring to those who have not responded.
Farmers and ranchers can return their forms by mail or online by visiting a secure website, www.agcensus.usda.gov. Federal law requires a response from everyone who receives the Census form and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
For more information about the Census, including helpful tips on completing your Census form, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828). The Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future, your responsibility.
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Last Modified: 03/21/2013