“We want to give one more reminder that we do have an extension until about mid-April. South Carolina is about 60% completed, but we’d like to be at 80%. It’s actually required by law to fill out this census of agriculture. This is for anyone selling more than $1000 per year, so quite a number of farmers out there.
The main thing is that it helps position South Carolina when our scarce resources are being allocated. That’s why it’s important to fill this out.
USDA has gone to great lengths to assure farmers that their information is safe and will not get out. They have made a very concerted effort to keep the information confidential and farmers should be confident in that. Maybe during the next good rain, the farmers can put this census on top of the list.
With NASS being under the restructuring effort, that will impact our personnel in SC, so this is definitely not the time to skip the census. We want to make sure that we get all the dollars that we need.
I just can’t overstate how important it is to fill out the census.”