Farmers will be asked to participate in the Agricultural and Area surveys
By Diego Flammini
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be contacting farmers this month for two different surveys.
NASS staff will be asking farmers to participate in the June Agricultural and June Area surveys.
These questionnaires are some of the most important surveys the USDA conducts, said Eugene Young, director of the NASS Delta Regional Office.
“When growers respond to these surveys, they provide essential information that help determine the expected acreage and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2021 crop year,” he said in a statement. “The results are used by farmers and ranchers, USDA, businesses, exporters, researchers, economists, policymakers, and others to inform a wide range of decisions.”
For the June Agricultural Survey, farmers will be asked to provide information about planted and harvested acreage. This includes acreages for biotech crops and grain stocks.
Contacted farmers can respond online, by phone or email.
As for the Area Survey, contacted producers will be contacted by phone and asked to disclose crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, land values and value of sales.
NASS staff then analyzes the data and distributes it publicly through a series of reports.
These include the annual Acreage and quarterly Grain Stocks reports, scheduled for release on June 31.
Other collected information will be in the annual Small Grains Summary, multiple livestock reports and the monthly WASDE.
Any farmers with questions regarding the surveys are encouraged to contact their local regional office.