MACON, Ga. — Following reports from Indiana and Oklahoma of people posing as United States Census takers visiting poultry farms and attempting to take photos of the farm operations, the Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) reported that a Georgia broiler farm was the subject of a similar attempt. The Georgia grower took appropriate action, denying access to the fake census takers and requested that they leave the farm immediately.
The GAC warned that the fake census takers did not identify who they truly work for, and it is believed that they are employed by anti-animal agriculture organizations. The GAC recommended that other poultry growers, as well as dairy farmers, be notified of these activities.
Here are some tips from the Animal Agriculture Alliance (https://www.animalagalliance.org) on how to verify if an individual is a Census Bureau employee:
• The field representative will present an ID badge that includes: Their name, their photograph a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
• A field representative will be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop for conducting the survey.
• The field representative will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence.
• Field representatives conduct their work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., local time.
• Upon request, the field representative will provide you with their supervisor’s contact information and/or the phone number for your Census Bureau Regional Office. The Regional Office supervises the activities of all field representatives in your area.
• To independently confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau employee, you can enter their name in the Census Bureau’s staff search website (https://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/main/email.cgi), or contact the Regional Office for your state (https://www.census.gov/about/regions.html).
–Georgia Farm Bureau