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Census gives opportunity to shape future of agriculture

Community Agriculture Alliance

Washington — It's not every day that a walk to your mailbox leads to an opportunity to shape the future of the agricultural industry. But for the nation's farmers and ranchers, that opportunity has now become a reality. The 2007 Census of Agriculture, the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation, has been mailed out to agricultural producers across the United States. — It's not every day that a walk to your mailbox leads to an opportunity to shape the future of the agricultural industry. But for the nation's farmers and ranchers, that opportunity has now become a reality. The 2007 Census of Agriculture, the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation, has been mailed out to agricultural producers across the United States.

— It’s not every day that a walk to your mailbox leads to an opportunity to shape the future of the agricultural industry. But for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, that opportunity has now become a reality. The 2007 Census of Agriculture, the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation, has been mailed out to agricultural producers across the United States.

Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Census provides detailed data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture. Government organizations, lawmakers, town planners and individual farm operations can use this vital information to help them plan for future facilities, services and community growth.

“The 2007 Census of Agriculture provides farmers with a powerful voice. The information gathered through the Census influences policy decisions that can have a tremendous impact on farmers and their communities,” said Carol House, NASS deputy administrator. “I strongly encourage all farmers to promptly complete and return the Census, so they can voice to the nation the value and importance of agriculture.”

House added that in addition to affecting policy decisions, Census information also influences community growth. Many companies review Census data when determining where to establish their businesses, which further emphasizes the importance of supplying accurate information.

“The 2007 Census of Agriculture is an opportunity to shape the future of the agricultural industry and rural communities for years to come,” said House. “Every producer, no matter how big or small the operation, should take advantage of that opportunity.”

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Completed forms are due by Monday. Producers can return their forms by mail or, for the first time, they have the convenient option of filling out the Census online. For more information about the Census, visit http://www.agcensus.usda.gov. The Census is your voice, your future and your responsibility.