County Farm Bureaus are preparing to help members and nonmembers complete the 2020 Census that will be offered online.
Each county Farm Bureau received an iPad from the Illinois Farm Bureau to help local residents who don’t have internet access complete the census.
County Farm Bureaus are using different strategies to ensure local residents are counted.
The Franklin County Farm Bureau is contacting other local organizations and groups, said Gay Bowlin, county Farm Bureau manager. Bowlin mentioned the local Association for Home and Community Education and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts as organizations whose members may benefit from the internet access.
Franklin County Farm Bureau is also reaching out to communities, Bowlin added. She noted Benton created its own census Facebook page, Benton Counts – 2020 Census, to share information.
Pike-Scott Farm Bureau plans to send each associate member a postcard encouraging them to complete the census and sharing information about the iPad and hours of availability at the Farm Bureau offices in Winchester and Pittsfield, said Blake Roderick, executive director of Pike-Scott Farm Bureau.
In addition, the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau will share census information on its Facebook page and in its March newsletter, Roderick added.
Kane County Farm Bureau plans to promote the census and iPad availability at its Country Store, which sells a variety of products, located at the front of the Farm Bureau office, said Steve Arnold, county Farm Bureau manager. Arnold explained the iPad will be in the Country Store, and individuals who complete the census on the iPad will be offered a store discount.
Kane County Farm Bureau also plans to share information about the census on the county Farm Bureau Facebook page and may include information in publications.
In mid-March, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail a notice to residents across the nation. The census may be completed online; however, people may respond by phone or complete and mail a paper copy.
Farm Bureau is encouraging members to complete the census by April 1, which has been dubbed Census Day. After April 1, census representatives will make personal visits to households that have not completed and filed a census.
Census information is used to redraw legislative districts for both the General Assembly and Congress as well as county governments and municipalities.