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UDAF, USDA asks all Utah agriculture producers to participate
(Salt Lake City) One month past the original deadline for farmers and ranchers to complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire and Utah is ahead of the national average return rate, “but we still have a long way to go,” said LuAnn Adams, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food.
“The U.S. return rate is nearing 46 percent. Here in Utah the rate is 48.6 percent. While that’s above average, I know we can do a lot better,” Adams added.
"We thank everyone who has completed their Census to date. We currently have a return rate of just over 40 percent of the 3 million Census questionnaires mailed last fall," said U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Administrator Hubert Hamer. "A lot is at stake if producers are not represented in this data. Census data have and will continue to influence important decisions for American agriculture. The data will affect every operation and every farming community at some point, whether it be through farm policy, disaster relief, insurance or loan programs, infrastructure improvements, or agribusiness setup. There is accuracy and strength in numbers, which is why NASS is committed to giving producers every opportunity to respond."
Conducted every five years by the USDA NASS, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American and Utah agriculture.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) strongly supports the census and asks all Utah farmers and ranchers to take part. There is still time to be counted.
USDA is currently are following-up via phone and/or farm visits with producers who did not respond. The agency sent out reminders as well as a second census form. Follow-ups/reminders will continue through the spring.
For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov. For questions or assistance filling out the Census, call toll-free (888) 424-7828.