Crisis Tip – Identifying Unwelcome Visitors on the Farm

Author: Administrator | October 24, 2019

Monitoring who comes onto the farm is an important step in protecting your business. Recently, several states - none in the Northeast - have reported Census Bureau data collection impersonators trying to gain entry to livestock and poultry barns.

Farmers are encouraged to review visitor protocol with farm staff and consider implementing a policy where all visitors sign in at the farm office. Also, make sure all employees are empowered to approach unfamiliar people on the farm.

For more info on developing on-farm visitor procedures, contact Beth Meyer at bmeyer@milk4u.org, or 315.491.3892.

Legitimate Census employees are willing to provide proper identification and should not enter barns or other bio-secure areas. The field representative will present an ID badge that includes their name, their photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

Other things to look for: 

  • A field representative will be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop for conducting the survey.
  • The field representative will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence.
  • Field representatives conduct their work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., local time.
  • Upon request, the field representative will provide you with their supervisor’s contact information and/or the phone number for your Census Bureau Regional Office. The Regional Office supervises the activities of all field representatives in your area.

To further verify the visitor’s identity, use the staff directory to find contact information for the individual’s supervisor or contact the regional office. If the worker seems to be legitimate, but asks to go into livestock facilities, contact the supervisor and report it to rumors@census.gov

If you cannot verify the identity of a visitor, ask them to leave and contact law enforcement if they do not. Report the incident to the Census Bureau regional office and contact your FBI local field office


About American Dairy Association North East

American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 11,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com.