Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week continued to remind producers to complete forms for the Census of Agriculture - the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. The 2012 Census of Agriculture will provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with current information to help ensure an abundant, safe and accessible food supply for all of America.
"The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) utilizes this data as it prepares briefs and comments about the industry," commented Margaret Soulen Hinson, American Sheep Industry Association president. "As we answer questions from the media, members of Congress and state and federal agencies, the census is the main source of information that we rely on, so I encourage all operations, regardless of size, to respond."
All farmers and ranchers should have received a census form in the mail by early January. Completed forms are due by Feb. 4. Farmers can return their forms by mail or online by visiting a secure website, www.agcensus.usda.gov. Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the Census and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential. The ag census is conducted every five years.
For more information about the census, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.