We're a little less than a week away from the 2017 Census of Agriculture response deadline of Monday, February 5th. Producers should respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail. The online questionnaire offers new timesaving features.
Every five years brings an important event for Vermont farmers and the agricultural community across the country. Conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The census results are then used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, and more.
Who should participate in the census? Any farm operation that produced and sold $1,000 or more of agricultural product in 2017. With your participation, the census becomes the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agricultural data for every state and county in the nation.
If you need assistance with accessing the census, or questions about the census itself, please call the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at 802-782-3388 or send an email to Sylvia Jensen at Sylvia.Jensen@vermont.gov.
For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, you can also visit the USDA website www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.