FARGO, N.D. - United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) concluded data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture in July. The Census was mailed to more than 33,000 known and potential farms and ranches across North Dakota. North Dakota finished with a 64.8 percent response rate.
"We thank each and every producer who took the time to respond to the Census," said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. "The Census of Agriculture is an important part of U.S. history that remains as relevant today as it was in 1840 when it was first conducted. The Census gives voice and opportunity to all farmers and ranchers in America to tell the changing story of agriculture over the years and identify emerging trends and needs."
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue also offered his thanks to producers for taking part in the Census, via a video message that can be viewed at www.nass.usda.gov.
North Dakota's 64.8 percent response rate for this Census is below the 67.9 percent response in 2012. "We modernized elements of our data collection for this Census to make it easier for those filling out questionnaires," said Hamer. "However, it is unrealistic to think that everyone will respond to any survey, regardless of improvements and benefits. To account for certain levels of non-response, we use accepted statistical methods and practices in our data analyses."
Data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture is scheduled to be released starting on February 21, 2019 and continue on a staggered schedule through the spring of 2019. The results of the Census will be available in aggregate form, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by Federal law. All Census data products will be available on NASS' recently merged NASS/Ag Census website at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.
The Census of Agriculture provides the only source of comprehensive agricultural data for every State and county in the nation. As such, the data are widely-used by local and national decision-makers to help shape agricultural research and education programs, inform farm programs, boost rural
infrastructure, determine disaster relief needs, and more.
BISMARCK, N.D. - The Trump administration has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to approve the sale of E15 ethanol-blended gasoline throughout the year. Current policy allows E15 to be marketed from Sept. 16 through April 30. After the EPA rulemaking process, sales of E15 will be permitted year-round.
Gov. Doug Burgum, Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa pushed for ending the E15 seasonal ban during a White House meeting in April with President Trump, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and other administration officials.
"The announcement from the Trump administration is good news for corn growers, ethanol producers and consumers across North Dakota and the nation. Working with farmers and the biofuels industry, we've advocated for lifting the ban on summertime sales of E15 because there is no sound, scientific basis for the seasonal restriction," Burgum said. "Combined with increased transparency in the biofuels credit trading market, these significant policy changes will provide an expanded market for growers and increased stability for the industry. We thank President Trump for this action and look forward to an expeditious EPA rule-making process to allow E15 sales to begin next summer."
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