Census of Agriculture forms are due to the U.S. Agriculture Department's New York Field Office by Monday, Feb. 4.
The Census of Agriculture is sent to all farmers and ranchers only once every five years by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Taking part in the Census of Agriculture is increasingly important to New York farmers and their communities because it provides a snapshot of agriculture in every county across the nation.
Companies, cooperatives, planners and lawmakers who serve New York farmers use census data to make important decisions affecting them, their industry and their communities for years to come. Farmers and ranchers also use census data to help make informed decisions about the future of their own operations.
The census provides producers an opportunity to help shape farm programs, boost rural services and grow their farm future. Businesses and producers review census data when determining where to establish or expand their operations, and even when looking for locations they can go to purchase or supply locally produced food and agricultural products.
All producers should have received their census form in the mail by early January and must respond by Feb. 4. Farmers can return their forms by mail or online by visiting a secure website, www.agcensus.usda.gov. Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the census and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
For more information about the census, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 888-424-7828.