An agricultural census will be able to help farmers having difficulties justifying claims for damages and losses for future typhoons or other natural disasters.
In a release by the University of Guam, the U.S. Department of Agricultural’s National Agricultural Statistics Service or NASS, with assistance from the Cooperative Extension & Outreach at UOG’s College of Natural & Applied Sciences and the Guam Department of Agriculture, will begin collecting agriculture census data from all known farmers this spring. A local representative will visit each farm to assist in the collection of these vital data.
According to USDA, a farm is any place that produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1000 or more of agricultural products in 2018.
The last time this type of survey was conducted was more than 10 years ago due to budget constraints. A local USDA rep will visit each farm and ranch to gather info on land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. These statistics will validate potential loss and or damage claims filed by farmers, as well as assist local agencies and organizations in providing more effective production and distribution systems.
An important note for anyone who receives a census report form, federal law requires you to respond even if you are not currently operating a farm or ranch.