Jessica A. Chittenden|
May 16, 2008
Commissioner: “There’s Still Time To Be Counted In The Census”
Farmers Encouraged to Complete Census of Agriculture by June 13
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today reminded farmers that there is still time to fill out the 2007 Census of Agriculture, but that forms should be sent in no later than June 13, 2008. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Census of Agriculture is the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation.
"The viability and future of New York’s and the Nation’s agricultural industry has a critical stake in this census," the Commissioner said. "Whether you own a 500-cow dairy farm or 10-acre apple orchard, every response is important because it helps in the development of future farm programs. I strongly encourage everyone involved in agriculture, regardless of size, commodity and production technique, to return your completed census forms as soon as possible to ensure you are counted in one of New York’s most important industries."
Census forms were mailed in December and the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service plans to conclude data collection by June 13. The information collected in the census is used by state and local leaders needed to make decisions about economic development, funding availability, farm policy and other key issues affecting New York agriculture and rural communities.
Whether actively engaged in agricultural activity or not, everyone who received a Census of Agriculture form is required by law to respond. Forms can be returned by mail or submitted online. For more information, or for assistance with completing the 2007 Census of Agriculture, call toll-free (888) 424-7828 or visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.
Results from the 2007 Census of Agriculture will be published on February 4, 2009 and available on-line at www.usda.gov/nass/, through your local NASS State office, as well as from many libraries and land grant universities.
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