You may have heard the 2020 Census is about to begin. Soon, we will be asked to fill out census forms and mail them back in or hear a knock on our door asking us to verbally take the census. Our government gathers this information every ten years to better understand our population and needs, which influence policies, funding, and more.
There is also is a lesser-known census completed every 5 years: the USDA agricultural census that conducts a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. The latest census was conducted in 2017 and only recently released in 2019.
SFC recently went through an in-depth visioning process that led to us changing our vision and mission. We are working to preserve and support the growth of local farms, and increase the amount of local food grown in Central Texas.
Given these changes, we wanted to answer some common questions of what agriculture looks like in Central Texas. So we examined the census and looked for trends by comparing data from 2017 to 2012.