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Starting This January, USDA Reports Released at New Time

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sought public comment on release times for major statistical reports as a result of commodity exchanges changing market hours. USDA received 147 comments and announced Wednesday its National Agricultural Statistics Service and World Agricultural Outlook Board will release those reports at 12 p.m. Eastern beginning in January 2013. Reports affected by the change include the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, Acreage, Crop Production, Grain Stocks, Prospective Plantings and Small Grains Summary. Livestock reports will not change. USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber says releasing the reports at noon allows for the greatest liquidity in the markets, provides the greatest access to the reports during working hours in the U.S., and continues equal access to data among all parties. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.