The Census looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures and other topics. It provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation.

Results of the Census are used to serve farmers and their communities today, and help benefit the future generations of farmers tomorrow. Legislators at various levels of government use the data when shaping farm policy, and agribusinesses factor it into their planning efforts.

Census forms will be mailed out in late December and responses are due by Feb. 4, 2013. Producers have the option to complete their forms online or by mail.

For more information about the Census, call (888) 4AG-STAT (888-424-7828).  FG


—Information from the USDA