May 16, 2008
May 16, 2008 - Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer this week reminded America's farmers and ranchers that they should still plan to respond to the 2007 Census of Agriculture either by Internet or postal mail.
"More than 2 million responses have already been received," said Schafer. "I sincerely thank those who have fulfilled their responsibility by completing and returning their census forms. However, a good number of producers have not been heard from, so I'm encouraging everyone to help make this the most accurate Census of Agriculture on record."
Conducted every five years, the Census of Agriculture is the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation. That information is used by town planners, policy makers, agribusinesses and others to make important growth-generating decisions that will shape rural communities for future generations.
Forms can be returned by mail or submitted online. For more information, or for assistance with completing the 2007 Census of Agriculture, call 888-424-7828 or visit www.agcensus.usda.gov