Now that the crush of Christmas cards and holiday packages in the mail is over, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is gearing up to send census forms to millions of farmers and ranchers nationwide.
The forms will be mailed Friday and should hit mailboxes next week.
The agriculture census is taken every five years, and the data collected plays a key role in the development of the farm bill and other federal policy.
Completed forms are due by February 4th, 2008, via mail or online.
Earlier this month, Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks declared January as "Census of Agriculture Month." He called it the only uniform source of such data and he encouraged Alabama farmers and ranchers to participate.