If you’re a Maine farmer, you should take part in the agricultural census

The deadline for completing and filing the 2022 U.S. Department of Agriculture census is next month, and time is running out for Mainers with small farms and homesteads to submit their forms.

Every five years with the National Farm Census, Maine’s small farms and homesteaders can play an important role in shaping policies and programs. The census puts them on an equal footing with large commercial operations and the agribusiness and ensures that their needs are not overwhelmed by these larger interests.

According to Angie Considine, survey statistician at the Northeast Branch of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, it’s easy for these smallholders and homesteaders to downplay their own involvement. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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