2012 PRESS RELEASES
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February 13, 2012
USDA GEARING UP TO CONDUCT 2012 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE
National Agricultural Classification Survey is an Important Step toward a Complete Count
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) advises farmers that surveys are now arriving in mailboxes around the nation to help identify all active farms in the United States. The National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) asks landowners whether or not they are farming and for basic farm information. It is one of the most important early steps used to determine who should receive a 2012 Census of Agriculture report form.
The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.
“This initial survey asks everyone who receives the NACS to respond even if they are not farming,” said VDACS Commissioner Matt Lohr. “This is how the USDA builds the most accurate and comprehensive mailing list to account for all of U.S. agriculture in the Census.”
The Census is the leading source of facts about American agriculture and the only source of agricultural statistics that is comparable for each county in the nation. Farm organizations, businesses, government decision-makers, commodity market analysts, news media, researchers and others use Census data to inform their work.
NACS is required by law as part of the U.S. Census of Agriculture. By this same law, all information reported by individuals is kept confidential. NASS will mail the 2012 Census of Agriculture later this year and data will be collected into early 2013.
“The NACS survey is the first step in getting a complete count, so we ask everyone who receives a survey to complete and return it,” said Lohr. “The Census is a valuable way for farmers and rural America to show their strength – in numbers. The 2012 Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future, your responsibility.”
For more information about NACS, the Census of Agriculture, or to add your name to the Census mailing list, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.
NASS provides accurate, timely, useful and objective statistics in service to U.S. agriculture and invites producers to provide feedback on its products and services. Interested farmers and rural residents may sign up at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/subscriptions and look for “NASS Data User Community.”