During the Subcommittee Meeting, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will focus on the 2020 Census and potential impacts on rural communities and populations. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to shift the majority of 2020 Census data collection to an online/digital format, with a goal of 55 percent of the U.S. population completing online census forms. Shifting data collection techniques may leave certain populations susceptible to exclusion, including rural areas and underserved urban communities. This session will examine the various programs under the U.S. Department of Agriculture that depend on accurate census data and the impacts this shift in data collection will have on rural counties.
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee – Subcommittee Meeting is a part of 2019 NACo Legislative Conference.224981