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USDA to Survey Fruit Growers About Chemical Use
New York Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey fruit growers in 12 states, including Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, for its biennial Fruit Chemical Use Survey.

The survey will collect information on bearing acreage, pest management practices, pesticide application, acres treated and rates applied to more than 22 fruit crops nationally. Five crops are represented in our Northeastern Region.

"Pesticide data makes this survey a vital tool for the entire fruit production sector in the United States," said King Whetstone director of the Northeastern Regional Field Office. "I hope every grower understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey."

The Fruit Chemical Use Survey will provide much needed information about the current crop production practices used in the United States. The results of this survey will paint a detailed picture of pesticide use, as well as other pest management practices used by the fruit growers across the nation.

"Growers benefit from providing this information because it is used to re-register products for their use, to illustrate the industry's environmental practices and to assure the quality of U.S. food to consumers here and around the world," said Whetstone.

Within the next few weeks NASS representatives will contact selected Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey growers to arrange in-person interviews for conducting the survey. The results of this survey will be available in aggregate form only, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by federal law.

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office at 1-800-498-1518.

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