Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) is encouraging all farmers and farm operations to
participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of
Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began
mailing the survey in late November.
“The census allows
the USDA and WVDA to get a clear picture on the status of agriculture in
our state. Several funding streams are also dependent upon this data,” said
Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Producers should participate.
It matters to West Virginia.”
The census will be
mailed in several phases through December. Farm operations of all sizes,
which produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of
agricultural product in 2017, are included in the census. The census is the
only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for
every state and county in the nation.
“Reporting on the
upcoming 2017 Census of Agriculture will give West Virginia producers the
opportunity to shape programs and initiatives that benefit young and
beginning farmers as well help expand access to resources for women,
veteran and minority farms,” said West Virginia State Statistician
Charmaine Wilson. “Census data is often used to aid producers who wish to
diversify into new markets or who want to grow specialty and organic
respond to the census online or by mail. The deadline to respond is
February 5, 2018. All information will be kept confidential and will only
be used for statistical purposes.