The U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging farmers and ranchers to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture to help determine the future of farming in America. The deadline to respond is May 31.
The USDA has already received more than 2 million completed Census forms, officials announced this week.
“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 to come.”
The Census of Agriculture, conducted 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...