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Farmers Encouraged to Respond to the Census of Agriculture

The Census of Agriculture – which is taken only once every five years – is still underway for just a few short weeks. National Agricultural Statistics Service Census Branch Chief Chris Messer says the Census is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches – and the people who operate them. Providing the only source of comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation – your community, your industry and all of America is counting on your response to help ensure a continued supply of safe and abundant food.

Messer says American agriculture has a long, rich history of Census participation…

“Everyone who responds to the census can join the generations of farmers who have participated since it was first conducted in 1840.”
Today there are nearly 316-million people in the U.S. – and only two-million farms. Messer says it’s up to each farmer to show agriculture’s strength through numbers by responding to the Census.…

“I’m not a farmer, but I am a consumer and a mother and I know the importance of having good heathy food for my family. The farmers are really the most important participants in the Census of Agriculutre.”

Messer says Census information is used by agri-businesses, local governments, policymakers, researchers and many others to shape farm programs, boost rural services and grow the future of farming. It’s not too late for farmers to respond – and their information will be kept confidential as guaranteed by law…

“We are getting down to the wire. Its very important that we get every farm and everyone involved in agriculture accounted for. We are still taking the forms so please fill it out. We do have people from our agency who may contact you by phone or in person to collect the information because we are running short on time.”

Messer says NASS staff are available to make responding to the Census as easy as possible. For more information about the Census – call 1-888-424-7828 or visit is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.