Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture
(WVDA) wants remind individuals the deadline to respond to the 2017 Census of
Agriculture is drawing near. Producers have until Monday, February 5th to
submit their form. The National Agriculture Statistical Service (NASS) sent
out questionnaires to farmers back in December.
“Data tells a story.
Collecting data from West Virginia producers gives them an opportunity to let
their voices be heard,” said West Virginia State Statistician for the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Charmaine Wilson. “One of the best
avenues to be heard and tell the story of West Virginia agriculture is by
responding to the census. If farmers don’t report, we don’t know who they are
and what they’re producing. If producers aren’t being counted, producers aren’t
Once the data is
collected and compiled, it will be used by the USDA and the WVDA to accurately
respond to agriculture needs in the Mountain State. Census results will be made
available to the public.
“The goal is to
capture a true picture of agriculture within West Virginia,” said Commissioner
of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. "We have to make sure every West Virginia
farmer is counted."
If you have any questions about the census or
filling out the form, contact Charmaine Wilson at Charmaine.Wilson@nass.usda.gov. or call
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922