Better data, better decisions: Upcoming census will capture a complete picture of New Mexico agriculture!
In just a few months, America’s farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities and industry by taking part in the Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census captures a complete count of all U.S. farms and ranches and those who operate them.
Even the smallest plots of land and those raising only a few animals during the census year are counted.
The census helps tell the whole story of U.S. agriculture. Without the information collected, we wouldn’t know that 3.3 million U.S. farmers and ranchers – only one percent of our total population – provide food, fuel, and fiber to the other 99 percent. The census remains the only source of uniform and comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation.
Census of Agriculture questionnaires will be mailed in December. Responses are due by February 5, 2018. Producers are highly encouraged to complete their forms https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/
Online_Response/index.php. Improved this year, the online census form is convenient and dynamic – it can be accessed on your mobile phone, tablet, desk- or laptop. It’s user-friendly and saves time by calculating totals automatically and skipping questions that do not pertain to your operation.
Your answers to the census help grow your farm’s future, shape farm programs, and boost services for you, your community and your industry.