Census of Horticulture

Census of Horticulture

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett
The USDA is collecting data for a special study called the 2019 Census of Horticulture.

The definition of Horticulture is the art and science of growing and handling fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, flowers, foliage plants, woody ornamentals, and turf

In Colorado that includes specialty crops such as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture.

LaKeya Jones, with the National Agricultural Statistics Service says this survey takes place every five years following the Census of Agriculture.

Jones: “ The special study provides a more detailed picture in official statistics of a commodity or agricultural practice. And special studies can not happen without the Census of Agriculture. You can call it the Census of Horticulture. The formal title is the Census of Horticulture Specialties.

She says the USDA has sent postcards to growers with unique code numbers to help producers get a fast start on the survey. Growers can respond quickly online. A hardcopy survey will be mailed later.

The deadline to return the Census of Horticulture is February 5th 2020.

The results will be compiled and the results are to be released next December.

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