Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a Census of Agriculture to capture a comprehensive snapshot of where agriculture is at that particular moment in time. By collecting information from farmers and ranchers, it helps with setting ag policy as well as future planning. The original deadline for the Census information to be submitted was February. It has now been extended through Spring, in hopes of collecting more data to improve the accuracy of information at the state and county levels. Currently, North Carolina’s return rate is 40 percent out of 71,000 Census questionnaires. It is important that farmers and ranchers respond to make sure their farms and farming interests are counted.