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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…

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Arkansas Data Collection Center Hosts Enumerator Training for CAPS

The Arkansas Data Collection Center (DCC) in Little Rock, Arkansas held enumerator training on August 10 for the Small Grains County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS). NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram and NASS HQ, Data Collection Coordination Section Head Amy Bailey participated in the session, along with AR-DCC Coordinator Ronnie Mitchel, and Delta Regional Director…

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USDA Reports Record High Soybean Acreage, Corn Acres Down

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated a record high 89.5 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2017, up 7 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released June 30, 2017. Corn area planted is estimated at 90.9 million acres, down 3 percent from last year. Following up to the Prospective Plantings report released in late…

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NOD-Data Collection Center (DCC) Supervisors and Coaches Hold Meeting

The NOD-DCC Supervisors and Coaches held a productive meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on June 17. NASDA’s NASS Program Director Charlie Ingram participated in the session, along with NOD-DCC Coordinator Vernisha Bethea and NOD Deputy Director Brad Parks. Some of the topics discussed were personnel management and policies, training, communications, and survey schedules.The NOD-DCC is one…