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NASS Northern Plains Region Survey Training Workshop February 6-8, 2018

The NASS Northern Plains Region held a survey training workshop February 6-8, 2018 to prepare NASDA enumerators for ARMS III data collection. NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram participated in the workshop which included about 50 NASDA enumerators and supervisors and NASS regional and state staff. ARMS is a vital NASS survey which is the only source of detailed financial and…

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USDA Reports Corn Yield and Soybean Production Up in 2017

Across the Midwest, a lack of extreme heat helped boost the nation’s corn yield to its highest level on record – slightly above 2016. The nation’s soybean yield was down 6 percent from 2016, but production reached a record level due to record high acreage, according to the Crop Production 2017 Summary released January 12 by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). …

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NASDA-NASS Announce 2017 Enumerators and Supervisors of the Year

Twelve NASDA enumerators and supervisors were honored during the annual NASS Awards for Excellence Program held on December 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes enumerators and supervisors for outstanding efforts which resulted in Agency-wide impact in any of the areas of survey quality, response rates, efficiency, enumerator training and…

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USDA to Measure Final 2017 Row Crop Production and Grain Stocks

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is encouraging producers to respond to two upcoming surveys – the December Agricultural Survey and the County Agricultural Production Survey – that are critical to row crop producers around the country.  The results of the surveys help determine the structure of the 2017 farm payment and risk management programs administered by…

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NASDA Supervisory Enumerators Gather for National Workshop

The 2017 NASDA Supervisory Enumerator Workshop is being held this week in Louisville, Kentcuky. Over 75 NASDA supervisory enumerators convened to learn and share best practices and challenges as they lead the NASS data collection done by NASDA enumerators. Charlie Ingram was presented a NASS Award for Meritorious Service for his leadership role and service to the NASDA-NASS…

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NASS/NASDA Win 1st Place at Annual Texas Rice Festival

Staff from the NASS, Southern Plains Regional Field Office and Texas NASDA Enumerators won 1st place for their Rice Education Exhibit at the annual Texas Rice Festival held the first weekend of October in Winnie, Texas.  The event, currently in its 48th year, is held as a celebration of the rice harvest and features family entertainment with down-home country flair.  It was created in…

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Oklahoma: 2016 Certified Organic Sales More Than Doubled 2015 Sales

Results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show that U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities in 2016, up 23 percent from 2015. During the same year, the number of certified organic farms in the country increased 11 percent to 14,217, and the number…

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USDA-NASS To Measure Small Grains Production with September Surveys

During September, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts two surveys critical to small grains producers around the country, including those growing wheat, oats, barley and rye.  The results of the surveys (Agricultural Survey – September and the County Agricultural Production Survey) help determine elements of farm payment and risk management programs. The…

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USDA-NASS Forecasts Record-High Soybean Production in 2017

U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to the Crop Production report issued August 10 by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Up 2 percent from 2016, soybean production is forecast at 4.38 billion bushels, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production by 7 percent from last year, forecast at 14.2 billion…