STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!

Good Evening Bay Area Farmers and Growers,

Please consider participating in the upcoming Census of Agriculture led by the USDA. Currently, the census is

the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest

plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products

were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the

Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many

others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your

local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.

THE DEADLINE TO GET YOUR FARM COUNTED IN THE CENSUS IS JUNE 30th!

Please note that new farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have

time to sign up to be counted through the end of June at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/.

The survey takes less than a minute – and will ensure that you receive a Census form (that you can fill out in paper form or online.) If a

farmer/rancher is not on our list frame by June 30th, the producer will not have an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

For more information about the census, please visit www.agcensus.usda.gov, follow NASS on Twitter @usda_nass, or call (800) 727-9540.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lilia McFarland:

Lilia McFarland

New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program Coordinator

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Phone: (202) 401-7169

Email: lilia.mcfarland@wdc.usda.gov