Last chance for ag cen­sus

Successful Farming - - Q A THE SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW -

Pro­duc­ers have un­til the end of July to re­spond on­line to USDA’s Cen­sus of Agri­cul­ture, con­ducted ev­ery five years. The cen­sus is “the only source of com­pre­hen­sive agri­cul­tural data for ev­ery state and county in the na­tion,” says Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Sonny Per­due. USDA got replies from 80% of farm­ers in 2012, but re­sponses lagged this time; 64% as of mid-June. Re­sults of the 2017 cen­sus will be re­leased in Fe­bru­ary. In­sti­tute, the rice con­tains more beta carotene than con­ven­tional rice, to boost pro­duc­tion of vi­ta­min A in hu­mans and pro­tect vi­sion. Canada, Aus­tralia, and New Zealand also have ap­proved the GMO rice, which faces op­po­si­tion in some rice-eat­ing South­east Asia na­tions.

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