A look at the ag census

Nov 29, 2012

On this week's show, we’ll learn about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ag census , and hear about the importance of getting a flu shot.

If you look at the Census of Agriculture you can learn a lot about farming in Missouri. When the last census was done in 2007, the average farm was 269 acres and worth more than half a million dollars. The U.S. Department of Agriculture updates that information every 5 years and is getting ready to send out new surveys in a few weeks. One trend to watch out for is the growing number of small farms. As Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports, they’re easy to miss and some would rather not be counted.

And, flu cases are on the rise in Missouri, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To combat this, many health professionals are recommending that people get an annual flu shot. Margaret Donnelly is the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. I spoke to her recently about the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu.