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Today is Key Date for 2017 Census of Agriculture


The information found in the Census of Agriculture is used to make decisions that will shape the future of agriculture. Pork Checkoff spokesperson Cindy Cunningham encourages all farmers to participate…

“The Census of Agriculture is taken every five years.  It’s a complete count of US farmers and ranchers and the people who operate those farms and ranches.  It’s important because it’s the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation.  This information is used to help make decisions that will help shape the future of agriculture.”   

There are important deadlines coming up for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To participate, the deadline to sign up is this Friday, June 30th

“The deadline to sign up to be counted is June 30th, then in December look for that 2017 Census of Agriculture form in the mail, then in February of 2018 the deadline to complete your census of agriculture will happen with being able to respond either online or in the mail.

“To sign up, it’s important for pork producers, or anyone in agriculture to call 1-888- 424-7828, or visit”                       

The results of the Census of Agriculture will be available in aggregate form only, keeping everyone’s individual information confidential. The Census of Agriculture is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every county in the United States…

“We would encourage all pork producers to participate in the Census of Agriculture.  Accurate counting and information about who is raising pigs, who is participating in agriculture, and the 2017 Census of Agriculture will take those counts and show accurate data from around the country.

“Responding to the census benefits your farm, your community, and your future.  It actually strengthens farm and conservation programs, it can improve the infrastructure in your area, as well as help create beginning farmer programs to protect the future of agriculture.”     '

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.