Farmers asked to report land uses for USDA survey
May 24, 2012
RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced May 15 that the National Agricultural Statistics Service will spend the first two weeks of June surveying 1,800 farmers across Virginia to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2012.
NASS, an agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, will compile its survey findings into a publically accessible report that ensures the confidentiality of individual farmer information.
In March, Virginia farmers reported that they had planted or intend to plant more acres of corn, soybeans and peanuts and fewer acres of cotton. With most of those crops now in the ground, the NASS Virginia Field Office is reaching out to producers to find out what they actually planted.
Through two major mid-year surveys, the agency will gather data on what crops have been planted and what commodities are in storage.
“In these challenging economic times, farmers and the rest of the agricultural industry need timely, accurate data on the current state of U.S. agricultural production,” said, Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS commissioner. “The information collected through these mid-year surveys can help producers, suppliers, traders, buyers, export customers and others make sound and informed business decisions.”
Contact Elaine J. Lidholm, VDACS communications director, at 804-786-7686.