The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preparing to mail the 2012 Census of Agriculture to millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers in late December. Producers are reminded not to miss the opportunity to be counted by signing up for the census before July 1. The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. A farm is defined as any place that produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during the census year (2012).
"The census is the leading source of facts about American agriculture," said Renee Picanso, census and survey division director at USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. "The census provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. Through the census, producers can show the nation the value and importance of agriculture, and they can help influence the decisions that will shape the future of American agriculture for years to come. By signing up and then responding to the census, producers are helping themselves, their communities and all of U.S. agriculture."
To learn more and to sign up for the Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov. All individual information will be kept confidential.