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Ag Census Demonstrates Value of Agriculture, Data Critical for Programs and Policies

Today, farmers and ranchers have less than three weeks to return their Census of Agriculture – and at USDA, we hope that everyone who can get their response back to us as soon as possible.

Currently underway by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Census collects detailed data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture. It’s the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation, and this year’s Census will provide USDA current information as we work to support American agriculture and build up the rural economy.

Accurate statistical data regarding our rural areas is important as we work hard at USDA to design effective programs and deliver quality service, even as we work to streamline operations and reduce our budget footprint.

But for me, the Census goes well beyond numbers on a page. The Census data represent a critically important picture of American agriculture and rural America. This could not be more important today, in a time when just 16 percent of Americans live in our small towns and rural communities. The fact is, it’s more important than ever to tell the story of a rural America that makes and creates amazing things.

The importance and value of data from the Census of Agriculture goes beyond our nation’s farm fields, ranches, and rural communities – it tells the story of American agriculture for the 98 percent of Americans who don’t live on the farm and more than 80 percent of our citizens who aren’t in rural areas.  Data from the Census of Agriculture is used by policymakers and programs that have a coast-to-coast impact, affecting everything from health care, to business and trade, to manufacturing, to natural resources and conservation.

At a time when fewer farmers are producing the food, fuel, and fiber needed for a growing world, I remind producers to complete and return your Census. You can play an important role in showing our nation the value and importance of agriculture.

For more information about the Census, visit or call 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828). The Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future and your responsibility.

4 Responses to “Ag Census Demonstrates Value of Agriculture, Data Critical for Programs and Policies”

  1. Albert Keller Farms Inc. says:

    No thank you. It has become more and more apparent that these surveys have become a tool for the government and huge corporations to the detriment of small family farms.

  2. Douglas McCoy says:

    I received a 2012 census of Agriculture to fill out but I do not own a farm so I will not be able to complete.

  3. Steve Nelson says:

    I will not complete the census. It has already gone into the trash. The USDA has stated that the Pilgrims were “illegal aliens”, therefore as a white farmer, I must not have a right to my farm. I see the Obama administration trying to implement land reform in the near future. First he’ll take our guns, next our land. I miss Reagan…

  4. Dr. David T. Hope says:

    I am a doctor in an underserved rural area and if this survey is anything like the total lies that our government, in ALL its departments , has been spouting lately, then it is a bad thing. I do not believe ONE WORD of what the “leaders” say and this is probably another thin wedge of totalitarianism/fascism.

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