It’s time for Wisconsin agriculture to stand up and be counted. The U-S-D-A’s five-year Census of Agriculture is getting underway – and those involved in the industry are getting Census forms in the mail. The law requires people to fill out the forms – and Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel says ag producers help themselves by doing so. The Census provides a detailed view of U-S farms and ranches, and the people who run them – and it’s the only comprehensive source of agricultural data for every state and county. Brancel says the Census is important for the state’s marketing efforts – and it’s important in formulating farm policies. Brancel says commodity buyers also use the data, because they want to find the best, most consistent, and most economical producers. Surveys can be completed by mail or online, but they must be submitted by February fourth. Individual information is confidential. For more, go online to AgCensus-Dot-USDA-Dot-Gov.