The Census of Agriculture doesn’t just benefit those in the ag industry

The USDA’s Census of Agriculture will be released next month. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says it provides useful information every five years for not just the ag industry.

“Somebody says, ‘Oh, hey, I’m not a farmer’ but it does impact you because the Census has data in there that industry folks they’ll look at and they’ll say, you know what, based on this information, it looks like maybe there’s a bunch of small farms coming into this particular area, this particular county, maybe we’ll put a story in here. Well, what does that do? It brings jobs, it brings tax money to your local area. So it does help,” said Joe Prusacki.

Prusacki says the Census also allows for farmers and people outside of the industry to see how agriculture has changed over time.

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