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Farmers Encouraged to Take Part in Agriculture Census
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/20/2017

Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel says he hopes all farmers in the Badger State will sign up to receive this year's 2017 Census. The state's top farm official said it is important for farms of all sizes and from all segments of agriculture to complete the Census.

"The Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data in the nation," explains Brancel. "Census data really shows Americans how significant agriculture is to the country and the world, providing food, fuel and fiber for all of us."

A farm is considered to be an enterprise from which at least $1,000 of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.

The 2017 Census of Agriculture will include new questions about military veteran status and expanded questions about marketing food directly to consumers.

"Census data is used by local governments, agribusinesses, ag lenders, state leaders and federal officials," said Brancel. "Accurate data allows us all to make informed decisions when forming farm policies and planning budgets for the future."

Producers can sign up for the Ag Census at www.agcensus.usda.gov by June 30. Forms will be mailed to farmers in December, with online questioning also available.

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