The deadline for response to the Ag Census, which was sent to you through the mail and may be completed online here, is Feb. 5, 2018.
Taken every 5 years, the census, conducted by the National Agriculture Statistical Service, is the best picture of the number of farmers and ranchers, the types and amount of crops raised, the amount of acres farmed as well as demographic information to capture changes in agriculture. No personal data is revealed, only aggregate information is compiled. The census helps advance programs affecting farms and rural communities; SFA uses the Ag Census when researching trends in agriculture or seeking informaton on specific crops as well as general demographics. New changes in the census will better capture informaton about marketing, beginning farmers, women and veterans in agriculture.
From the USDA website: All operations are important, no matter the size. The census of agriculture attempts to identify anyone involved in agriculture. This includes crops, livestock, government payments, and specialty items such as nursery and greenhouses, aquaculture, bees, horses, and specialty livestock or crops. If you still do not qualify as a farm or ranch, please report this on the questionnaire and mail back or report online through the web form. For census of agriculture purposes, a farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census of agriculture year.
The census data will be available in February 2019. Info: http://bit.ly/2CtSrtp or call 888.424.7828.
- Also Noted – Lisa Baker, Baker’s Acres owner and Central SFA chapter coordinator, was selected as a scholarship recipient to attend the National Farmers Union Women In Ag gathering this weekend in San Diego. Thanks to the generosity of Minnesota Farmers Union for making this possible.