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Ag census participation urged
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Gov. Sonny Perdue and Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin put the focus on agriculture statistical data by designating January Census of Agriculture Month.

Gov. Perdue signed the proclamation for the designation in a meeting with Commissioner Irvin and other agriculture leaders in Georgia. The Census of Agriculture is collected every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Deadline for returning the completed census forms is Feb. 4. The forms can be mailed or completed online.  Farmers and ranchers who would like to complete the census online may do so through the Web site: Forms and information can be obtained by calling 1-888-424-7828.

“Good statistics are critical to developing effective agricultural policies, such as the water policy recommended to the legislature by the state water council on which I served,” said Irvin. “I urge all farmers and ranchers to fill out those census forms and get them back in before the deadline.”

The Census gives the only complete count of the nation’s farms and ranches and people who operate them at a state and county level.