The Indiana office of National Ag Statistics Service has had a busy month of June, recently wrapping up data collection for the Indiana portion of the USDA wheat production report. Hog inventory surveying is now being wrapped up for the June quarterly hogs and pigs report and the area frame survey deadline for field enumerators is this week. Many will anxiously await data from that survey at the end of this month when the June acreage report is issued.
Greg Matli is Indiana NASS deputy director and says “It’s designed to go out and gather information on selected more or less square mile segments throughout the state of Indiana, and we have to account for who’s farming in those segments. That stands by itself to give us the acreage indications for the state of Indiana. We’re doing that the first two weeks of June and all that work has to be in to our office by June 15th.”
USDA is also gearing up for the 2012 Census of Agriculture which will be mailed to millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers in late December.
“We’ll be gathering that information and summarizing it through 2013 to be published hopefully by February-March 2014. Those questionnaires usually don’t get mailed until about December 20th, and we send those out so they’re in their hands by the first of the year so they can go ahead and close out their records and complete the survey right then.”
The census can be completed online through electronic data reporting. Producers are reminded not to miss their opportunity to be counted by signing up for the Census before July 1. The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. A farm is defined as any place that produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during the Census year (2012).
The sign-up period for the 2012 Census of Agriculture ends in a few weeks and is especially important for those individuals involved in agriculture who did not realize they qualify as a farm or have not previously participated in a Census. All farmers and ranchers are reminded to sign up and be counted.
To learn more visit the ag census website. All individual information is by law guaranteed to be kept confidential.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/06/Greg-Matli-on-NASS-work.mp3|titles=Greg Matli on NASS work]