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May 24, 2017
Virginia Farmers to Participate in Important National Surveys
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys over the next several weeks, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. Field representatives with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) will survey more than 2,000 farms across Virginia to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2017. “The June Surveys will provide detailed estimates on how many crop acres the producers planted and the volume of grain stored on the farm,” explained Herman Ellison, Virginia state statistician. “These surveys give producers the opportunity to tell their story about the 2017 production season, and in turn, farmers use the data to make crucial marketing decisions for their operations.”

NASDA enumerators gather the data for NASS for the June Agriculture Survey online, by mail, phone and in-person interview. For the June Area Survey, agency representatives visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm on that land. Together, these surveys will make available an objective snapshot of agricultural crop acreages, grain stocks and other agricultural production in the state.

NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released June 30, 2017. Survey data contribute to NASS’s monthly and annual Crop Production reports, as well as the annual Small Grains Summary and USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

“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,” Ellison said. “We recognize this is a hectic time of year for farmers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them for their cooperation.”

All reports are available on the NASS website. For more information about Virginia surveys and reports, call the NASS Virginia Field Office at 800.772.0670, or click here.


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