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USDA to conduct annual farmers survey

What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2014 as they finalize plans for planting this spring?

The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey 82,000 of the nation’s farmers to determine their plans for the coming growing season.

“Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS’s Northwest Regional Director Christopher Mertz.

“The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year,” he said.

NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in late February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops they intend to plant in 2014, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amounts of grain and oilseeds they store on their farms. NASS encourages producers to respond via the internet or mail. Those producers who do not respond by the deadline will be contacted for an interview.

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