USDA seeks feedback from growers

economic-forecast-headerDuring the next several weeks, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey more than 2,000 farms across Virginia to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2016.

“Due to the widespread and significant impact of its results, these are two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts,” explained Herman Ellison, Virginia state statistician. “When growers respond, they provide essential information that helps determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for 2016. Everyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods is interested in the results.”

NASS gathers the data for the June Agriculture Survey online, by mail, phone and in-person interview. For the June Area Survey, agency representatives visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm on that land. Growers provide information on crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values, and value of sales.

NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annualAcreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released June 30, 2016. USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates also includes these data.

“NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified,” Ellison stated. “We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable and capable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them for their cooperation.”

All reports are available on the NASS website:  http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Field Office at (800) 928-5277.



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