The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has started mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to America’s horse farms.
Mailing in phases, all census questionnaires should be received by late December. If you do not receive a questionnaire this year, or have not received one ever, but wish to be included, you can sign up at agcounts.usda.gov/legacy0/cgi-bin/counts. Producers can respond online at agcensus.usda.gov or by mail.
The American Horse Council (AHC) encourages all qualified operations to participate and be counted. The deadline to respond is Feb. 5, 2018.
Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by trade associations, researchers, policymakers, extension educators, agribusinesses, and others. The data can play a vital role in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, and more. This information provides a snapshot of the equine industry that, when coupled with the AHC Economic Impact Study, could provide the evidence needed to affect important change in Washington D.C.
For more information, visit agcensus.usda.gov or call 800/727-9540.