BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension strongly urges South Dakota farmers to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
“By participating in the Census of Agriculture, you help show the nation the value and importance of U.S. agriculture,” said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor. “By responding to the census, you have the power to influence decisions that will shape American agriculture for years to come.”
The Census of Agriculture provides valuable information that will be used to plan the future, including:
- community planning;
- farm succession planning;
- store/company locations;
- availability of operational loans and other funding; and
- federal budget support for agriculture.
“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”
Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button through June.
NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).
For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.
— SDSU Extension
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