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New York Ag Connection - 10/10/2018

During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the Vegetable Grower Inquiry and the Vegetable for Processing Surveys. The agency plans to visit vegetable growers across the United States, including over 4,000 in the Northeastern Region.

NASS conducts this vegetable survey once per year to obtain the final acreage, production, and value of sales for fresh and processed vegetables.

"When growers respond to these surveys, they provide essential information that helps us determine the production and supply of these commodities in the United States for the 2018 crop year. Everyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods is interested in the results," explained King Whetstone, director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Regional Field Office.

NASS gathers the data for these surveys online, by mail, over the phone and through in-person interviews. The surveys will be conducted from Oct. 25 through Dec. 20. Growers provide information on crop acreage, production, and value of sales. NASS will compile and analyze the survey data and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the Annual Vegetable Release, scheduled for Feb. 12.

"NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers and ranchers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable and capable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them for their cooperation," said Whetstone.

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

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