The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has started mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s producers.
USDA NASS state statistician Erik Gerlach says a lot of valuable information is collected from the answers given on the census.
Gerlach says the way survey information is compiled, individual producers are never identified.
Conducted once every five years, Gerlach says the Census of Agriculture aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers and many others to help make decisions in community planning, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, farm assistance programs and more.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.