The Australian Bureau of Statistics has extended its closing date for farmers and those involved in the agriculture sector to take part in this years’ Ag Census.
Lisa Wardlaw-Kelly Program Manager of the ABS’ Environment and Agriculture Statistics area says the Census this year went on line, and while the closing date had been last week but they are now extending it.
“We understand some people need some extra support completing their form and we want to be on hand to provide that.”
“We encourage farmers to give the ABS a call on 1800 462 609 for help with the online form. ABS officers will be available to help them complete the Ag Census, which is so important to their industry,” said Ms Wardlaw-Kelly.
Every five years the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) takes the pulse of Australia’s farming industry by conducting an Agricultural Census.
The ‘Ag Census’ gathers and provides information on the production of key agricultural commodities, land management practices and information on natural resources.
After consultation with industry bodies and agricultural businesses, a more streamlined online form was established to enable quicker and easier completion of the 2016 Ag Census.
“By getting online the farming community will be able to complete the Ag Census in a faster, easier, secure and environmentally friendly way.” says Ms Wardlaw-Kelly.
The information gathered in the Agricultural Census feeds into policy and planning by Commonwealth and state and territory governments, industry bodies, research organisations and the farming community.