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Government Video Website of the Week: the Census of Agriculture

A video praises farmers by listing the country’s annual produce and livestock yields

Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American farming, and provides a picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.
For the 2012 census, forms were mailed in late December and because the final deadline of May 31 is nearing, the USDA is urging farmers and ranchers who have not completed the census, to do so. To help persuade those farmers, the Census of Agriculture webpage contains a video—“There Are More Than 3 Million Farmers”—that showers the viewer with produce and livestock statistics and makes it clear that those amazing yields are the result of farmers and ranchers.
The webpage also lists information on why the census is being held; data from all the censuses, including the first conducted in 1840; and instructions on how to fill out the forms online (Electronic Data Reporting), which the USDA added in 2007.
For using the Internet to explain to farmers, and anyone who is interested, why farm and ranch data needs to be collected, the Census of Agriculture is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.