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Wisconsin farmers respond to Ag census

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A farm is seen in the distance behind corn fields in Redkey, Indiana June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Brent Smith
A farm is seen in the distance behind corn fields in Redkey, Indiana June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Brent Smith

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin farmers had the nation’s third-highest response rate to questionnaires for the U-S Census of Agriculture. Ag Secretary Ben Brancel said 84-percent of farmers in the Badger State filled out the census forms and returned them. The U-S-D-A conducts the census every five years. It includes valuable data about land use, crop production practices, and farmers’ incomes and expenses.

Government officials and farm groups use the data to come up with farm programs and various rural services. The new census data will be released next February. General trends will be reported, while individual data is kept confidential.

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