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Got another Government AG Survey...Grrrr.

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These things come every other year and always with a THREAT about how we are REQUIRED BY LAW to complete and submit them.

 

How much land do we own? How much irrigated? Then, there's the break down on how much we use for crops, pasture, etc.

 

There are two pages of questions about land management which I always mark NO or NONE.........

 

Now I'm at the two pages of personal information......All about who we are, how many live with us, our race, how long we've been involved in this "business", do any of us work elsewhere, and for how many hours away from the farm.....plus more......

 

At this point I feel like they need to know which side of the bed each of us sleeps on!!!!!!!!!

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Don't you love the THREAT? Your post brings back a memory. Years ago, I refused to fill out a census form because I felt it was an invasion of my privacy and they literally hunted me down. I was called all hours of the day and night, they showed up several times at the house and threatened me with jail. The more they bugged me the more I dug my heels in and refused to answer any of their questions. This went on for six months or more. Finally they whittled their questions down to one or two from what had been about twenty. I still balked, then they said my husband could answer for me. Well, I acquiesced at that and he answered the questions and they left.

I don't know if they really would've thrown me in jail or not, but I felt I had to stand my ground. As long as I could anyway,lol.

We have a very nosey government sometimes.

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I don't blame you!

 

This one is TWENTY-FOUR PAGES!!! Grrr...

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They call us constantly. One gal told us to write "not interested" or something of the sort across the paperwork.

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I'm waiting for the census police to come after me.... I just really don't want to fill out their invasive question paper work. Not to mention I don't even know the answers to some of them and heck will likely freeze over before I bend over backwards to find the correct answers. Ugh.

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We kept ignoring them, the surveys, the phone calls and emails....then they showed up at the farm! My husband was literally shoulder deep in a heifer's vag assisting with her calving and this chump with a clip board was standing there, so annoyed that hubby told him he was to busy to talk to him. I asked him what he thought farmer's did all day and he didn't have an answer. He asked when would be a good time to come back, hubby says, well I still have to tend to this calf, feed my cows, finish bailing my hay and run to the feed store, so about 10pm we will be done. The guy says, well that doesn't work for me. Hubby replied, now you know how we feel. Lol

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Don't get mad at the person asking the questions — it's a sh!t job and I believe they are only paid for completed surveys.

 

Census information is vital for representation and for distribution of services, but there is no need for your name to be attached. Tell them you will answer, but only anonymously.

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Just yesterday I received a letter from the US Dept of Health and Human Services saying our house was randomly chosen for a survey and they will be coming to interview the household, it is strongly worded to lead one to believe that they have no choice in the matter, they will just arrive and question. I will be checking into that 😀. If my husband wants to participate, that is his business, but I will not.

If asked nicely, I would cooperate happily, but back me into a corner, not so much.

The premise of any sort of right to privacy has flown the coop.

Rant over. For the moment, anyway.

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I think one reason we get to touchy about the census is because it seems as though there is always someone trying to survey us, give feedback, or ask how we feel about a product. And now everyone is being made paranoid about identity theft. The census has been around for at least 2000 years, so it's nothing new. But can't "they" just stop with the census, instead of all the other nosy stuff?

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We get mad when not one week after receiving multiple surveys in the mail (with no return-by-dates) We receive letters and multiple phone calls threatening fines, penalties and jail time for not replying. I asked the person who showed up at the farm how they justify punishing a farmer for not responding to a survey when there is no way to ensure it was received (certified mail/signature conformation), and there was no compliance or return by date? I fully understand and respect the value of the census data, but I will not tolerate be bullied or harassed, nor will I volunteer personal, private data that can easily be lost, sold or stolen.

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