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Producers urged to participate in agriculture surveys

BISMARCK - North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging producers to participate in the upcoming June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey, conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

BISMARCK - North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging producers to participate in the upcoming June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey, conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

"The June surveys provide an important picture of the current state of U.S. agriculture and how things are shaping up for the industry in the 2011 growing season," Goehring said. "Farmers and ranchers, as well as suppliers, buyers and others, use this information to make informed business and management decisions. This is an opportunity for us to help ourselves and our industry."

During the first two weeks in June, NASS surveyors will contact approximately 3,600 producers across the state to gather information on what crops have been planted and what commodities are in storage. For the agricultural survey, NASS contacts producers by mail, phone or personal visit for information on total acreage, crops planted and on-farm storage of grains and oilseeds. For the area survey, NASS staff visit randomly selected tracts and interview the operators on crop acreage, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values and value of sales.

The information is compiled into several important, national reports, including the annual Acreage Report and the quarterly Grain Stocks Report, both to be released June 30.

Goehring emphasized that information supplied by individual producers remains confidential.

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More information on the surveys is available at www.nass.usda.gov or by calling the NASS North Dakota field office at (800) 626-3134.

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