Time running out to complete Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

To stay on track for data release in February 2019, the deadline for submitting paper questionnaires is June 15. Farmers and ranchers who have not responded by June 15 still have until the end of July to complete the census online through the secure website found on the cover of their census form. Phone follow-up and personal interviews will also continue through July.

The questionnaire needs to be completed by everyone who received a form — including landowners who lease land to producers, those involved in conservation programs, and even those who may have received the census and do not farm.


Penn Highlands team wins silver Paragon Award

The Marketing and Communications team at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently earned national recognition for its efforts in marketing through video production.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations awarded Penn Highlands Community College a silver Paragon Award in the Video Shorts category, which included promotional or marketing videos less than two minutes in duration. Penn Highlands received the national honor among two-year colleges at the council’s annual awards event recently held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The video short that received this honor highlighted the story of Sadie Carney, a Penn Highlands graduate and aspiring doctor.

The department has earned eight regional awards since 2015. This is its first national award.