U.S. 2012 Census of Agriculture Survey Coming Soon
U.S. Department of Agriculture Mailing Census of Agriculture Surveys Early January
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
United States agricultural growers can soon expect to receive the 2012 census of agriculture in the mail. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is scheduled to mail out surveys in early January.
The agriculture census results are used to help examine the changes happening in agriculture and the information is used to assist with promoting and formulating farm and rural policies. Additionally, the census assists with formulating marketing strategies, forecasting energy needs and planning ahead for emergencies such as drought and disease outbreaks.
In order to be classified as a farm, it must produce at least $1,000 or more of agriculture products. With that definition, even subsistence agriculture would apply. All farmers and ranchers are required by law to complete and return the forms which are due Feb. 4.
The agriculture census occurs every five years. More information can be found at: www.agcensus.usda.gov.