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December 05, 2007   Email to Friend 

SPARKS DECLARES JANUARY 'CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE MONTH'
Christy Rhodes Kirk
(334) 240-7103
December 05, 2007

Commissioner Sparks signs Census of Agriculture declaration.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks has declared January 2008 "Census of Agriculture Month" in recognition of the census being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The census of agriculture provides the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the nation.

"Through the census, producers can show the nation the value and importance of agriculture and can help influence decisions that will shape the future of American agriculture for years to come," said Sparks. "By responding to the census, producers are helping themselves, their communities and all of U.S. agriculture."

Report forms for the 2007 census of agriculture will be mailed to farmers and ranchers on Dec. 28 to collect data for the 2007 calendar year. Completed forms are due by Feb. 4.

The law requiring farmers and ranchers to complete census forms also protects confidentiality and privacy of the information they supply. Individual forms cannot be seen by anyone other than sworn NASS employees.

Producers can return their forms by mail, or for the first time, they have the option of filling out the census online via a secure Web site. There will be instructions on how to log in when you receive your census form in the mail. Having an accurate and successful census depends on farmers and ranchers completing and returning them promptly.

For more information contact Bill Weaver at (334)279-3555, or by email at William_weaver@nass.usda.gov.


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