WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds producers of the importance of completing the Census of Agriculture, the only source of comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation.
"It's important for farmers and ranchers in America today to stand up and be counted by participating in the Census of Agriculture," said Vilsack. "By participating in this survey, producers help provide a snapshot of the current state of agriculture in our country, which helps policymakers make better decisions about farm safety net programs and policies."
Currently underway by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census collects detailed data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture. It looks at land use and ownership, production practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers do business and succeed in the 21st Century.
Census information helps USDA monitor trends and understand the needs in agriculture to better align its products and services.
Completed forms are due by Feb. 4. Farmers can return their forms by mail or online by visiting a secure website. Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the Census and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
More information about the Census is available online. You may also call (888) 424-7828. The Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future, your responsibility.