The deadline to file your Census of Agriculture form has passed, but the government is giving everyone who missed the deadline a second chance.
Those who have not responded will receive a second copy of the form in the mail to give them another opportunity. Farmers can return their forms by mail or online by www.agcensus.usda.gov
going to this link.
Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the
Census and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
“Every New York farm and ranch is important and needs to be counted in the 2012 Census of Agriculture,” said King Whetstone, director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. “Whether you operate on two acres or 2,000, the information gathered from all producers is important, so it can provide a true picture of U.S. agriculture today and help everyone plan appropriately for tomorrow’s needs.”
Conducted only once every five years by NASS, the census provides detailed data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture at the national, state and county levels. It looks at land use and ownership, production practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers do business
Decision makers and commodity groups at the local and state level use the Census of Agriculture to make decisions that directly impact New York farmers, their businesses and their communities.
Anyone with questions about the census or who need help filling out your form, should go to www.agcensus.usda.gov this link or call 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828).