NASS Fall Surveys Allows Producers to Track Performance


The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is encouraging producers to participate in the many fall surveys. Information gathered in the surveys helps USDA agencies and offers farmers insight to production. Hubert Hamer serves USDA NASS as the agency’s Administrator. He says there are several key surveys being conducted this fall…

“Some of the key surveys we have out this fall, the first one I’d like to highlight is the County Agricultural Production Survey, that one is out in the field right now, and in a couple of months we’ll be out for the County Row Crops Estimates, as well.  Followed by our September Quarterly Agricultural Survey, and then later in the fall, we’ll have the December Agricultural Survey.”

He says it is important that producers respond to the surveys so USDA can collect accurate data…

“We would like to insure that we have an adequate number of reports to publish this information at the county level.  We need 30 reports, or 25% of the harvested acreage in that county to be able to publish the individual county.”                   

Data collected by USDA NASS will not only benefit USDA agencies, it will also benefit farmers…

“Well, one of the things it will allow the producer to compare what’s happening on his individual farm   with his production practices, with yields in the county, the district, the state, and the US levels, just to give them something to compare with and also a part of their marketing plan, this will give them some additional information to see what other producers are able to produce in a similar area in the same soil conditions, and the like.”                           

He says information collected is vital for Farm Bill programs, such as Ag Loss Coverage and Price Loss Coverage…

“The ARC/PLC calculations, it’s really about having the right and accurate information to facilitate those payments to the producer.  By having the NASS yield, that’s the preferred yield for the FSA, it provides an opportunity to really reflect what is going on in that local county.”                          

Learn more online at NASS dot USDA dot gov

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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