Farmers face Feb. 4 deadline for agriculture census

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:50 AM.

By federal law, the census is mandatory for all American farmers, including the approximately 250 forestry and cropland farmers in north Okaloosa County, Williams said.

“It’s a real valuable tool for formulating policy,” Williams said. “It’s to the local farmer’s advantage to fill out the census.”

Data collected “also influences community growth and development,” the USDA release stated.

“Many companies review census data when determining where to establish or expand their businesses, as well as where they can go for supplies of locally produced food and agricultural products, which further emphasizes the importance of supplying accurate information.

“Information from the census also is valuable to explain the many ways farming is important to urban or non-farming residents and decision-makers.”

Farming in Okaloosa County

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