Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The USDA Agriculture Census is coming in December

The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year. So at the current price of pecan a lot of people could be included. The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. For America’s farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity. This information is not available by producer but is included in a county information. Even if you do not fill out a schedule F with the IRS you may fill our a census form. The information from the Census determines how much funds Eddy County receives for a lot of programs including, Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency programs, Natural Resource Conservation Service programs. USDA will be mailing our forms in December or you can fill out the questionair at www.agcounts.usda.gov.

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