Farmers urged to return 2002 AG census

Farmers urged to return 2002 AG census USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) still wants your 2002 census of agriculture report. NASS wants farmers and ranchers to know that their voice still counts, and will accept census reports through April.

"We urge everyone who hasn't completed and returned their 2002 Census of Agriculture report forms to do so today," said Carter Anderson, director of the South Dakota Ag Statistics Service office. "Every response counts to produce quality data."

"We are now starting to intensify our data collection efforts, which require more expensive methods such as telephone calls and personal visits. Producers can help keep down the cost of the census by returning their forms by mail," said Anderson.

NASS wants farmers, ranchers, and agriculturalists from every sector of the industry to know how crucial it is that they complete and return their census forms. Not only do data gathered from the census provide information for local and state agricultural investment decisions, they help local, state, and national representatives and agencies make informed agricultural policy decision and help the U.S. compete for its share of the global agriculture market.

The census of agriculture is the sole source of comprehensive, detailed agricultural facts for every county in the United States. For assistance in completing your census form, call 1-888-424-7828.

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