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Latino advocates want farmers counted in upcoming census

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Top Latino advocates in the area want local farmers to be counted. The next chance to make that happen is in the 2012 Agricultural Census, which comes out every five years.

Population numbers in the state determine financial numbers for the state."It's the impact of resources, dollars that come into the state of Washington to provide assistance to producers, and if they don't have an accurate account, that's less money coming into the state of Washington," said Juan Martinez of the Latino Policy Research and Development Institute.

So the Center for Latino Farmers will host a conference in Yakima on August 10. They want to focus on their local ranchers and farmers who might not be informed about resources. Speakers will try to find out what barriers they face and answer any questions at the conference. Sessions will take place all day at the Yakima Convention Center.