The deadline to take part in the 2012 Census of Agriculture is fast approaching.
The deadline to fill out the census form and send it in is May 31. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be
counted and help determine the future of farming in America.
According to a news release, USDA has
already received more than 2 million completed census forms.
"Our nation needs your help to ensure that decisions about U.S.
agriculture accurately represent you, your communities, and your
industry," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "For every 158 people
in America there is one farm. I urge you to take action today and
respond to the census – your country is counting on the information to
help ensure a continued supply of food, fiber and fuel for generations
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 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, according to the news release.