Ag Census - Why Should YOU Participate?
A Message to Farmers and Ranchers from our Executive Director, Michele Knaus
I understand that telling the government a lot of personal and business details about your farm isn’t the first thing on most of our wish lists, but it is vitally important
that this data be gathered. The information that the Agricultural Census provides really does help to make a case for sustainable agriculture
. All of the reports, grants, and speechifying that quote organic sales numbers, what percent of farms are owned by families, or how many young people are farming these days are most likely quoting numbers generated from the five-year agricultural census. It’s been rough as an advocacy organization to make our case, for whatever we are trying to demonstrate, knowing that the numbers are outdated and that the Oregon agriculture scene has changed so much, let alone that some of our farmers aren’t even represented.
If we all don’t share our information and get counted, terms like “hobby farmers” and percentages that are skewed will continue to be thrown around. Friends of Family Farmers
and all the other agricultural non-profits in Oregon use the Ag Census information when we apply for grants for our programs and when we make a case to the state on behalf of sustainable agriculture. Let’s represent.
If you haven’t done so already, please request the forms
today and fill them out when them come. Thanks!