The USDA is spending lots of money to execute the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Since receiving my packet in the mail, I have received a phone call and a post card to remind me to complete the Census.
Under federal law, any information provided in response to the survey or census is to be used only for statistical purposes. (7 USC Section 2204g(f)(3))
The USDA will compile the information collected and release statistics
on how many people farm, how many acres are in organic production, how
many livestock are owned by different size farms, and much more. The
information published is not connected to any person’s name or personal
One of the most important reasons to complete the survey has to do with our elected officials. Legislators
often look to see what sort of farms are in their districts, so
this information has an impact on how these elected officials view
agricultural issues. Keeping close track of these statistics can help steer important debates over
public policy on agriculture and food.
I will soon open the envelope and complete the survey with information from this little farm in rural northcentral Pennsylvania.
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