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USDA seeks feedback from growers

LINCOLN—During the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its major mid-year survey, the June Agricultural Survey.

The agency will survey nearly 4,800 operators across Nebraska to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2016.

“Due to the widespread and significant impact of their results, the June Agricultural Survey is one of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts,” said Dean Groskurth, director of the NASS Northern Plains Field Office. “When growers respond to these June Agricultural Survey, they provide essential information that helps us determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2016 crop year. 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 interviews. Also, agency representatives visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm or ranch 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 annual acreage report and quarterly grain stocks report, both to be released June 30. Survey data contribute to NASS’s monthly and annual crop production reports, as well as the annual small grains summary and USDA’s monthly world agricultural supply and demand estimates.

“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,” Groskurth said. “We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers and ranchers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them in advance for their cooperation.”

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

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Northern Plains Regional

Field Office at (800) 582-6443.