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USDA surveys on the way to U.S. farmers

USDA surveys on the way to U.S. farmers

Producers in 32 states will receive the 2022 County Agricultural Production Survey

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

Farmers throughout the United States will be receiving surveys in the coming days and weeks.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is sending its 2022 County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS) for small grains to farmers in 32 states.

The questionnaire, which focuses on crops like oats, wheat and barley, collects data on total acres planted and harvested, yield and production of small grains to a county level.

Farmers are also encouraged to complete the survey online.

Farmers should take the time to fill out the surveys as the data helps USDA support producers, said Erik Gerlach, South Dakota’s state statistician.

The data provided will help federal and state programs support the farmer,” he said in a statement. “I hope every producer understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey.

“Producers can lose out when there are no data to determine accurate rates for loans, disaster payments, crop insurance price elections, and more. Without data, agencies such as USDA’s Risk Management Agency and Farm Service Agency do not have information on which to base the programs that serve those same producers.”

Data from the CAPS survey will be published online at 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 15.

To find out when USDA will be publishing results from other surveys, visit the NASS Reports by Year page.

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