Help shape the future of American agriculture – Farmers and ranchers, the deadline for the 2017 Census of Agriculture is February 5 – just one week away! There are two ways to respond: online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail. The census, conducted just once every five years, provides a complete account of the industry, its changes, and emerging trends. Census data are widely used, often relied on when developing the Farm Bill and other farm policy, and when making decisions about disaster relief, community planning, technology development, and more. It is important that every producer be reflected in the data so that no operation or community is underserved in the years to come. The better the data, the more accurate the reports; the more accurate the reports, the more informed decisions will be. For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov. For questions or assistance with the census, call toll-free (888) 424-7828. Respond today.