11-07-18 USDA TO SURVEY COUNTY ROW CROPS ACREAGE

USDA TO SURVEY COUNTY ROW CROPS ACREAGE

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Nov. 7, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 42 states, including the Mountain Region’s Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming as part of its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS). The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, as well as total yield and production of row crops down to the county level.

“The data provided by producers will help federal and state programs support the farmer,” said Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “We hope every producer understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey. Producers benefit when there are data available to help determine accurate loan rates, disaster payments, crop insurance price elections, and more. When enough producers respond to surveys, NASS is able to publish data. Without data, agencies such as USDA’s Risk Management Agency or Farm
Service Agency may not have information on which to base the programs that serve those same producers.”

Within the next few weeks, NASS representatives will contact producers in the selected states to arrange telephone or in-person interviews to complete the survey.
NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified as required by federal law.

Survey results will be published on the NASS Quick Stats database https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/. For more information on NASS surveys and reports and for the release dates by commodity, call the NASS Regional Mountain
Region Field Office at (800) 392-3202.