NASHVILLE -- The deadline for returning completed Census of Agriculture forms may have come and gone, but it's not too late for Tennessee farmers to speak up for the communities, their industry and their future.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service reminds farmers that their voices are important and need to be heard. As a result, Census responses are still being accepted.
"A strong agricultural industry is a critical component in having a strong U.S. economy," said Debra Kenerson, director of the NASS Tennessee Field Office. "By providing town planners, community leaders, lawmakers and individual farm operators with the most comprehensive and accurate U.S. agricultural reports, they have the resources to make informed, sound decisions to ensure a solid future."
The deadline for submitting the Census forms arrived on Feb. 4, and many farmers have responded. However, the remainder of those farmers who did not turn in their information by the original due date will receive another copy of the form in the mail to give them another opportunity to respond.
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