FARGO, N.D. - As the 2019 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.
"Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA's Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers' planting intentions for the year," said NASS' North Dakota State Statistician Darin Jantzi. "The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year."
NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops they intend to plant in 2019, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amounts of grain and oilseed stored on their farms. NASS encourages producers to respond online or by mail. Those producers who do not respond by the deadline may be contacted for a telephone or personal interview.
NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.
Survey results will be published in the Prospective Plantings and quarterly Grain Stocks report to be released on March 29, 2019.
FARGO, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting producers for the March Hogs and Pigs Survey. The agency will survey pork producers for detailed information on market hog and breeding stock inventories as well as pig crop and farrowing intentions in every state.
"According to the most recent Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report in December, there were 74.6 million hogs and pigs in the United States," said Darin Jantzi, ND State Statistician of the NASS ND Field Office. "The March survey and resulting report will continue to provide important indicators for the industry of what changes are occurring - if any."
NASS will mail the questionnaires to all producers selected for the survey in late February. To ensure all survey participants have an opportunity to respond, NASS interviewers will contact producers who do not respond by mail or online to conduct telephone and personal interviews.
The data gathered in this survey allow NASS to accurately measure and report conditions and trends in the U.S. pork industry over the course of the year. The information is used by all sectors of the industry, including producers themselves, to help make sound and timely business decisions.
NASS will publish the survey results in the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on March 28. All NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/. For more information, call the NASS Northern Plains Regional Office at (800)582-6443.
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