SC, NC farmers urged to participate in census

Farmers across the Carolinas are being encouraged to sound off as the federal government takes the temperature of food suppliers to track agriculture trends.

The U.S. Agriculture Department's census of farmers and ranchers around the country collects information on the number and size of farms, crops raised and farmer income.

Census results can affect government decisions at the state and federal level.

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler called the census a chance for farmers to speak up for their livelihood.

Farmers can fill out the census online at  or return forms by mail by Feb. 4. Results will be released early next year. 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.