Farm surveys ‘most important’

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey nearly 500 farms across West Virginia next month to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2014.

Dave Knopf, director of the NASS field office in West Virginia, said the information is essential to the office. “The June agricultural survey and the June area survey are two of the most important surveys NASS conducts,” he said.

NASS workers gather the data online, by mail or by phone. For the area survey, agency representatives will visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm there. Growers will be asked to provide information on crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values and value of sales.

NASS will publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual acreage report and the quarterly grain stocks report, both to be released on June 30.

Information provided is kept confidential. “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,” Knopf said.

Reports will be available at nass.usda.gov. For more information, call Knopf’s office at 800-535-7088.

– from staff reports


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