NASS REINSTATES SEVERAL AGRICULTURAL ESTIMATES PROGRAMS
Citing a tight budget, the National Agriculture Statistics Service recently announced plans to drop some of its statistical reporting load. Last week, the agency reinstated several reports, stating flexibility within its budget permits it to retain and reinstate several key reports.
In 2011, NASS made several enhancements within its programs and operations to deliver improved results for the American people, including opening a new national operations center in St. Louis that will centralize data collection and service to people who provide and use NASS products and services. These efforts over the last year have allowed NASS leadership the flexibility within its budget to retain and reinstate critical reports for farmers.
The reinstated agriculture reports are:
- Annual Reports on Farm Numbers, Land in Farms Reports and Farm Income
- Catfish and Trout Reports (data collection begins Dec. 9; report released Dec. 20)
- Annual Floriculture Report
- January Sheep and Goat Report (data collection begins Dec. 23; report date is Jan. 27)
- July Cattle Report
- Annual Bee and Honey Report (data collection begins Jan. 23; report date is March 30)
- Annual Hops Production Report (data collection begins Dec. 9; report date is Dec. 21)
- Annual Mink Report
- Fruit and Vegetable in season forecast and estimates
- Rice Stocks June Report
According to NASS officials, the agency will make available any data that falls outside of the scope of the agricultural estimates programs in the five-year Census of Agriculture.
The next census will be conducted beginning January 2013 to reflect activities in the 2012 calendar year.
NASS will publish Federal Register notices reflecting these program changes in the near future.