MADISON (WKOW) – State officials say 84 percent of Wisconsin farmers filled out their census forms and provided valuable census information.
Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel says that's third best in the nation.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the census every five years to provide data on agricultural land use, income, expenditures and production practices.
The gathered information is used by agricultural organizations and government officials to make decisions about rural service and farm programs.
State statistician Greg Bussler companies and cooperatives also use census data to figure out where to locate facilities to help farmers market their produce or access machinery.
Census data will be released in February 2014. Individual information collected is kept confidential.
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