USDA gearing up for
2012 Census of Agriculture
Surveys are hitting mailboxes around the nation to identify all active farms in the U.S.
The National Agricultural Classification Survey asks landowners if they farm and for basic details about their farms.
It is required by law as part of the U.S. Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, and is one of the early steps used to determine who should receive census forms.
"The NCAS survey is the first step in getting a complete count, so we ask everyone who receives a survey to complete and return it," said Renee Picanso, census and survey director for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
"The Census is a valuable way for producers and rural America to show their strength - in numbers," he added.