3 Reasons You Should Participate in the Census of Ag

WFAN highly encourages all women farmers to participate in the U.S. Census of Agriculture. If you’ve never participated before there is still time to get counted. Go to www.agcensus.usda.gov and click on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button (it’s towards the bottom of the page) through June.

Not sure why you should participate? Here are a few good reasons why.

1. It highlights the characteristics and practices of landowners and operators, including their gender...

and whether or not they are the principal operator of the farm. In 2012, the Census found that 14 percent of beginning farmers who are principal operators are female, which is a much larger number than the number of established female farmers. It’s really important for all women farmers to participate so that there are accurate statistics about agriculture in the United States.

“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

2. Those numbers are used to create support for programs farmers like you benefit from--including funding for WFAN.

“Today, when data are so important, there is strength in numbers,” said Hamer. “For farmers and ranchers, participation in the 2017 Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity to shape American agriculture – its policies, services, and assistance programs – for years to come.”

3. It’s easy and you deserve to be counted.

You don’t need to be a huge operation to qualify as a farm. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017). Signing up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form is easy. Just got to www.agcensus.usda.gov and click on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button (it’s towards the bottom of the page) through June.

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.

NewsSherri DuggerUSDA