America’s farmers and ranchers soon will be able to take part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. It will be mailed at the end of this year.

The census highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures and other topics. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 census report form by clicking here before the end of June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.
Second Farm Bill Field Hearing Scheduled

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry will hold its second Farm Bill field hearing May 6 in Frankenmuth, Mich. The current Farm Bill expires in September 2018.

In addition to research funding related to pork production and maintaining programs for conservation and export promotion, NPPC is urging congressional lawmakers to include in the next Farm Bill language establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank.

Original article April 24, Pork Network

NPPC Urges Producers to Stay Politically Engaged