February 1, 2008
February 1, 2008 - It's not every day that a walk to your mailbox leads to an opportunity to shape the future of the agricultural industry. But, for the nation's farmers and ranchers, that opportunity has now become a reality. The 2007 Census of Agriculture, the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation, has been mailed out to agricultural producers across the United States.
Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census provides detailed data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture. Government organizations, lawmakers, town planners and individual farm operations can use this vital information to help them plan for future facilities, services and community growth.
The 2007 Census of Agriculture is an opportunity to shape the future of the agricultural industry and rural communities for years to come. Every producer, no matter how big or small the operation, should take advantage of that opportunity.
Completed forms are due by Feb. 4, 2008. Producers can return their forms by mail or, for the first time, can complete the census online. For more information about the census, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov
The census is your voice, your future and your responsibility.