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Officials urge participation in agriculture census

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It's time for Wisconsin agriculture to stand up and be counted in the USDA's five-year Census of Agriculture.

Those involved in the industry are getting Census forms in the mail. The law requires people to fill out the forms - and Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel says ag producers help themselves by doing so.

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The ag Census provides a detailed view of U.S. farms and ranches, and the people who run them - and it's the only comprehensive source of agricultural data for every state and county.

Brancel says the Census is important for the state's marketing efforts and in formulating farm policies. He said commodity buyers also use the data because they want to find the best, most consistent, and most economical producers.

Surveys can be completed by mail or online, but they must be submitted by Feb. 4. Individual information is confidential.

Learn more online at www.agcensus.usda.gov

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