The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend the next several months taking the economic pulse of U.S. Agriculture.
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will spend the next several months gathering production practices information from farmers and ranchers across the nation through the Agricultural Resource Management Survey.
According to officials, the results of this survey will serve as a baseline for numerous federal policies and programs that affect U.S. farms and farm families.
The NASS conducts this survey jointly with the USDA’s Economic Research Service. Officials said that in an effort to obtain the most accurate data, the federal agencies will reach out to nearly 33,000 producers nationwide, including 1,300 in Georgia, between February 1 and March 30.
The survey asks producers to provide data on their operating expenditures, production costs, and household characteristics.
The economic data gathered in the Agricultural Resource Management Survey will be published in August.
NASS Georgia Field Office Director Doug Kleweno said that this survey is the primary tool for federal, state, and local government representatives and all major farm sector stakeholders to gauge the financial condition of American farms and ranches. He went on to say that by responding, Georgia farmers can ensure that they are accurately represented when it comes to decision-making.
In addition, Kleweno said that the NASS is also conducting the mandatory Census of Agriculture, which occurs every five years, and responding to this survey fulfills the growers’ 2012 Census of Agriculture obligations.