California ag survey underway in June
About 4,000 California farmers and ranchers will be part of a national sample of about 100,000 producers, who will be contacted for the USDA mid-year survey to be conducted during the first half of June by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The information gathered will be used to make state, regional, and national estimates of crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, number of farms and land in farms, and other statistics.
Facts about an individual’s farm or ranch are strictly confidential and used only in combination with reports from other farmers to produce agricultural statistics for California and the nation. “This survey is important in making accurate crop and livestock estimates, which provides a basis for an orderly marketing system,” said Vic Tolomeo, who heads the California Agricultural Statistics Service. In addition to general releases to the public and press, the survey findings will go to government policy makers and farm organizations, which use the survey results to help develop farm policy positions. Other users include state governments, universities, extension agents, farm management consultants, agricultural lenders, and businesses that supply input to farmers.