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End-of-year survey critical to row crop producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are encouraging producers to respond to two upcoming surveys – the December Agricultural Survey and the County Agricultural Production Survey – that are critical to row crop producers around the country. The results of the surveys help determine the structure of the 2017 farm payment and risk management programs administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency.

The County Agricultural Production Survey went out to 170,000 row crop producers on November 3. Responses are due by January 15, 2018, and NASS will publish county-level results for corn, soybeans, sunflowers, and sorghum on February 22, 2018, in the Quick Stats database. These county-level data are critical for USDA farm payment determinations.

The number of farmers completing the confidential National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) crop survey has been declining in recent years—and that’s bad news for farmers.

“If NASS doesn’t receive an adequate number of farmer-completed surveys from your county, they must use less reliable sources of data that will be used to calcualte actual production in your county,” said Anthony Bush, who farms in Mt. Gilead and is on the board of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). “These surveys are too important to rely on third-party sources and best guesses.”

The December Agricultural Survey is currently being sent to 84,000 producers. Responses are due by December 21, 2017, and NASS publishes results in the Crop Production 2017 Summary report on January 12, 2018. Information collected in this survey also feeds into the county estimates for row crops. The survey also asks about grain stocks stored on-farm.

When producers receive the surveys, they have the option to respond using the secure online questionnaire or return it by mail. NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

Find out more about the survey at www.ncga.com/nass

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