USDA, ALABAMA FARMERS PARTNER FOR COTTON STUDY
About 200 Alabama cotton producers will participate in a national study
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - About 200 Alabama cotton producers will be among 8,000 U.S. farmers selected to report their production practices in an Agricultural Resource Management Survey being conducted this fall for the USDA.
The survey will be conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service officials throughout the U.S. In Alabama, the survey will be coordinated by the NASS Alabama Field Office, which says every response is important to accurately represent state producers.
The survey gives participants an opportunity to provide pertinent information about issues that affect them, such as fertilizer and pesticide use. Survey results will be used to develop agricultural production practices that improve productivity for farm operators and ensure a safer, cleaner working environment for producers, their families, and communities, according to NASS. A critical use of the information is in the re-certification process of important agricultural chemicals.
"The cotton industry is always in need of data on agricultural practices and survey data on inputs," said Dr. Frank Carter, senior scientist for the National Cotton Council. "Solid information on chemical use enables our industry to respond to issues where such data are essential."
Letters will notify selected operators, and interviewers from the Alabama NASS field office will visit farmers to collect the reports. USDA will use the results to publish information on agricultural chemical usage and analyze commodity production costs and returns in a series of reports in 2006.
"We safeguard the confidentiality of all survey responses," said Alabama Field Office Director Herb Vanderberry. "Data about individual operations are used in conjunction with information from other producers."
All agricultural statistics published by NASS are available at www.usda.gov/nass/. For more information, call 1-800-832-4181.