Monday, January 9, 2012

The USDA Agricultural survey... Voluntary not mandatory

The USDA Agricultural survey: Voluntary not mandatory

Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved
The USDA is busy sending out its Agricultural Survey attempting to elicit from unwary property owners, information regarding any agricultural production or livestock or poultry (this can be virtually ANY crop, animal or bird) that you may own and goes on to ask how much monetary value is placed on produce or the sale of animal/poultry products.  The [survey] also mentions that any one who produces and sells more than $1,000 per year is asked to voluntarily supply this information to the government.  $1,000 a year is such a paltry amount and is significant in the fact that this amount is so low as to encompass virtually anything you might wish to grow and produce even for your own use.  It would be virtually impossible for the federal government to confiscate food sources in the event they decide they must, unless they know first hand where that source is located and how much of it is there.
This is a voluntary survey and is not a [census].  Survey’s are voluntary, the census taken every ten years to do a head count of our population is not.
In a cleverly worded promotion on the USDA website:
“The 2012 census will be conducted late in 2012 and into 2013 to reflect 2012 farming activities.  It is the voice of agriculture:” 
Any person with estimated or expected annual sales of agricultural products of at least  $1,000 is considered a producer and should be counted. (emphasis mine)
Please note the word [should].  “Should” is not the same as “has to be”, “must be”, “is required to”.  Also note that there is no specified code citing or regulation designation; that’s because there isn’t one.  Agriculture is non-positive code & title #7,  and cannot be codified into public law as it is not in the enumerated powers within the constitution given to the federal government. Therefore, anything regarding agriculture coming from the federal government via one of its corporate federal agencies can only be voluntary.  That which is voluntary on the federal level cannot be made mandatory in the states.
Even if USDA has or will write such a code or regulation,  there is no underlying authority for enforcement.  Congress cannot delegate to one of its autonomous corporations power it does not possess itself.
It is important to understand the legalese applied to government documents, legislation, rules and regulations.  Word play, obvious deceptive language and ambiguity are routinely used to deceive the public into believing a rule or regulation is mandatory when in fact it is only voluntary; its just something they want to do or want you to do, for which they have no actual authority to implement.  But as long as you comply, voluntarily, the game is on.
The word [census] has been inserted in place of the word [survey].  Regardless, this is a survey and is not a census as is described in the Constitution or by law.  This survey does not qualify as a census; it is simply an attempt to get you to voluntarily supply personal information about your private property and activities to the USDA and intentionally written to include the word census in order to make it appear that the information they are attempting to collect is somehow necessary and constitutionally allowed.  It is a deception and one many people are thinking must be adhered to.  After all… does say census and we all have to fill out the census.  This USDA survey does not qualify as a census as defined by law.
**Note: This is akin to the replacing of  [treaty] with the word [agreement].  Many people believe that trade agreements are the same thing as constitutional treaty’s.  The first is a corporate government to government contract agreement, and the second is a Constitutionally recognized treaty ratified by the states which then becomes supreme law of the land.  Agreements are not enforceable anywhere except in the District of Criminals, insular possessions and territories of the federal government.
Make sure I’m counted!  NOT! 
This includes retirement/lifestyle farms and ranches that grow a small amount of plants or crops or keep only a few animals, up to the largest of operations and everything in between. Landowners that only have income from government programs are also counted as farms.
Now why would the USDA be after retirement/lifestyle farms and ranches?  Of what possible use could this information be the USDA?  You aren’t supplying anyone, and you aren’t engaged in commerce.  And, because you aren’t, you are not subject to USDA rules and regulations.
What are they really after?
How can you possibly control the most lucrative and valuable economic sector if you cannot control who has access?
The information USDA is attempting to collect is and will be used to establish a database of just exactly who is growing what crops or animals, and how much of it.  This information will be especially useful if and when a national emergency is declared.  The USDA will supply the roadmap to every source of food in the US right down to the small home gardeners and hobby farmers with a few head of goats.
This information will also be used to track and tax any food source even those from small personal use operations.  It will also be used to establish new regulations and rules in order to make the growing of small crops and the keeping of small numbers of animals prohibitive for anyone other than large industrialized producers.
With the attempts to yet again establish the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), now renamed, Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) and to force the establishment of national herds, rather than privately owned herds or livestock wherein actual livestock owners are relegated to “stakeholders” implying that they have an interest in, but are not the owners of said livestock, it would not be prudent to supply USDA with any information whatsoever.
In addition to attempting to deceptively take ownership of private property in the form of livestock, is also the effort to make illegal any crops of any kind other than those grown and supplied by Big-Ag and the bio-pirates.  The USDA is so heavily in bed with industrialized ag operators, they cannot be trusted to oversee or to control independent and family producers.
As the USDA exists today, it is simply the hammer used to beat down any competitors to the multi-national corporate producers.  Market monopoly can only be obtained if you eradicate all the competition.  This is the main purpose of USDA today; to make farming and ranching of any size untenable for anyone other than the corporate contracting partners with USDA.
About that survey
Bear in mind that this is just a survey.  It is not federally mandated and cannot be mandated and carries no force.  It is a request that you voluntarily supply information that will be used against you in the future.
Put it in the trash with your other junk mail.


  1. I forgot to mention when I posted this that I got the survey today..

  2. I got my survey on Friday and was trying to figure out just what to do with it. Thanks, Brenda, you answered my question.

  3. Glad I could help.. I wasn't sure what I was going to do until I found out about this.. God Bless