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Brancel Hopes All Farmers Sign Up for the Census

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Release Date: April 18, 2017
Contact: Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020,  William2.Cosh@wisconsin.gov

MADISON A lot has changed in the last five years since 2012 when the last Census of Agriculture was taken. That's why Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel hopes that all farmers will sign up to receive this year's 2017 Census.

"The Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data in the nation," explains Brancel. "Census data really shows Americans how significant agriculture is to the country and the world, providing food, fuel and fiber for all of us."

It is important for farms of all sizes and from all segments of agriculture to complete the Census. A farm is any place from which at least $1,000 of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. Even small plots of land in rural or urban areas that grow fruit, vegetables or food animals may qualify.

Data is collected on land use, operator characteristics, production practices and more. The 2017 Census of Agriculture will include new questions about military veteran status and expanded questions about marketing food directly to consumers.

 "Census data is used by local governments, agribusinesses, ag lenders, state leaders and federal officials," said Brancel. "Accurate data allows us all to make informed decisions when forming farm policies and planning budgets for the future."

Sign up for the Census at www.agcensus.usda.gov by June 30. Census forms will be mailed to farmers in December. Farmers will be able to complete the Census by mail or on the internet. The online form will be more user-friendly in 2017, automatically calculating totals and skipping questions that are not pertinent.

For more information, call the National Agricultural Statistics Service at (888) 424-7828.

 

 

Census Of Agriculture Countdown Begins For America’s Farmers And Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Mar. 15, 2017 –America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics. The 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed that over three million farmers operated more than two million farms, spanning over 914 million acres. This was a four percent decrease in the number of U.S. farms from the previous census in 2007. However, agriculture sales, income, and expenses increased between 2007 and 2012. This telling information and thousands of other agriculture statistics are a direct result of responses to the Census of Agriculture.

Today, when data are so important, there is strength in numbers,” said Hamer. “For farmers and ranchers, participation in the 2017 Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity to shape American agriculture – its policies, services, and assistance programs – for years to come.”

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.

 

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