SURVEY TO AID FLORICULTURE, NURSERY, CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will be surveying the commercial floriculture industry, nursery operators and Christmas tree growers in 36 states, including Alabama, between January and February 2007.
Herb Vanderberry, director of the NASS's Alabama Field Office in Montgomery, said NASS would contact all floriculture and Christmas tree growers with sales of $10,000 or more, and all nursery operations with sales of $100,000 or more. Growers will be asked to provide information on production, sales and inventory of floriculture, nursery products and Christmas trees, as well as the number of agricultural workers in their business.
"The Floriculture and Nursery and Christmas Tree Production Surveys provide Alabama growers the opportunity to serve as the frontline source of data on their industry," said Vanderberry, adding that the data will help identify state and national trends in areas such as new product development and changing production practices so that growers can plan the future of their business.
"Producer participation in this survey is crucial and helps ensure that NASS can provide timely, accurate and unbiased information on floriculture, nursery and Christmas tree production. The data supplied by growers will serve as the foundation for measuring the economic contribution of the industry to U.S. agriculture and the country," Vanderberry explained.
Survey responses will be compiled in NASS's Floriculture Crops Summary to be released in April 2007 and Nursery Crops Summary to be released in July 2007. As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified. All NASS reports are available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov