The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced a reminder to Virginia farmers that the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closes on May 31.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture urges farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America. USDA already has received more than two million completed census forms, according to a press release from the USDA.
The Census of Agriculture is conducted once every five years, is the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation. It looks at farms, value of land, market value of agricultural production, farm practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers and ranchers do business. The information is used by agribusinesses, town planners, local governments and policy makers, as well as farmers, ranchers, growers and others to shape farm programs, boost rural services and grow the future of farming.
Federal law requires a response from everyone who receives the Census form and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
For more information about the census, including helpful tips on completing your Census form, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 888.424.7828.