In recognition of National Ag Day on March 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) called on America's farmers and ranchers to sign up for the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
Recognizing the central role of agriculture in Americans' lives, USDA wants to make sure it counts all farmers and ranchers in the upcoming census. USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture every five years and is preparing to send the census form to all agricultural producers in December.
To put together a complete list of agricultural producers, NASS sent out the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) early in 2012. This initial survey helped identify all potential agricultural activities in the United States and who should receive the census form later this year. Producers who did not fill out the NACS can still sign up for the census by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking "Be Counted - Make Your Voice Heard."
Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the Census of Agriculture. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential. In the census, and in all related surveys, NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.