The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has launched a web site to provide producers with news and information on the upcoming census.
"The Census site is part of our ongoing effort to accommodate the growing number of farmers and ranchers that are using the Internet," says NASS Administrator Ron Bosecker. "Taking that effort even further, this year will mark the first time that producers have the option of filling out their Census forms online, saving both time and postage costs."
The Census of Agriculture is taken every five years, gathering information about every farm and ranch in the nation and the people who operate them. A variety of topics are covered and the Census provides comprehensive agricultural data for every county. Forms will be mailed to producers in late December that will include directions for responding online. Census forms are due by Feb. 4, 2008.
"Census web site visitors can find answers to frequently asked questions about the Census and can access data from previous counts, dating all the way back to 1840," says Bosecker. "In addition, those wanting to plan ahead can download a draft of the actual Census form and begin pulling together the information they’ll need to respond."
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