Today is Small Farms Day in North Carolina where we recognize the impact small farms have on our state. Small farms are the backbone of our state’s almost $70 billion agribusiness industry.
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts the Census of Agriculture. The census won’t get started until the end of the year, but NASS is preparing for it now. Earlier this year, NASS sent out the National Agricultural Classification Survey to help identify all potential agricultural activities in the United States and who should receive the census form later this year. Producers who did not fill out the survey can still sign up for the census by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking “Be Counted – Make Your Voice Heard.”
So small farmers, be sure to sign up. The more information we have about agriculture, the more we can advocate on your behalf on both the state and national levels.