Farm Bureau Wants You Counted in Census

Posted: February 13, 2020

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Farm Bureau is working to ensure the U.S. Decennial Census counts each of its members.

“The results of the 2020 Census will have a large impact on each and every one of our members,” said Kevin Semlow, Illinois Farm Bureau director of state legislation.

Not only will census results determine the makeup of the size and number of congressional districts, but is also is used for the distribution of federal and state funds and grants, drawing state legislative district boundaries, and a host of other important items.

Because the U.S. Census Bureau is focusing on electronic completion, especially through the internet, some Farm Bureau members may be challenged because they have limited internet access, Semlow said.

County Farm Bureaus will serve as a place where Farm Bureau members and others in the local community may receive direct help to complete the census. At the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, members may use an iPad dedicated to filling out the Census form electronically.

Farm Bureau encourages Farm Bureau members to complete and submit the census.

“The end goal of the campaign is to ensure that each and every member is counted during the 2020 Census,” Semlow concluded.

Source: Illinois Farm Bureau