2007-09-05 / Farm & Home

USDA to conduct agriculture survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be conducting what has become known as the Crops/ Stocks Survey during the first two weeks of September.

NASS will contact selected Georgia producers by mail, telephone or personal interviews and ask them to provide information on their 2007 production and onfarm stocks of corn, soybeans, sorghum grain, wheat and oats. The information gathered will be analyzed and published in a series of USDA reports to be released Sept. 28.

"The September Agricultural Survey is one of the most important surveys conducted each year by NASS," said Doug Kleweno, director of the NASS Georgia Field Office. "This survey is the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major agricultural commodities in the United States for the 2007 crop year.

"Data from the September survey benefits farmers by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and evaluate the success of the growing season," added Kleweno.

All information provided by respondents is confidential by law.

"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," stated Kleweno.

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Field Office at (800) 253-4419. Information is also available on the NASS website: www.nass.usda.gov.

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