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PRODUCER REPSONSES NEEDED: Organic farmers are asked to complete a USDA-NASS survey about their farm businesses. Accurate statistics help with the development of future government programs.

2019 Organic Survey gathers data on organic farms

The USDA-NASS survey starts this month. Farmers are asked to mail in their results by Feb. 3.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2019 Organic Survey this month to gather up-to-date data on organic crops and livestock in Minnesota and across the U.S.

This special survey effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of organic agriculture production across the nation.

NASS is mailing the survey to all known organic farms. The form asks farmers to provide information on acreage, production, and sales for a variety of organic crop and livestock commodities.

The agency urges all participants to respond by Feb. 3. After this date, NASS will follow up by phone and personal interviews with those who have not responded.

Producers can return their form by mail or complete the survey online at agcounts.usda.gov.

"Organic agriculture is a rapidly growing segment of the industry and Minnesota ranks among the top 10 states for both number of organic operations and total organic sales,” says Dan Lofthus, NASS Minnesota state statistician. “According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Minnesota’s organic farms sold over $100 million in organic products. As farm sales from organic products increase, demand for accurate statistics about organic farming grows as well.

"This survey will be another step forward by USDA in its commitment to helping organic agriculture thrive and will ensure that future decisions impacting the industry stem from factual information."

Agriculture statistics are frequently used by business and policy decision makers, and in this case farmers themselves stand to reap the most benefits. The report, to be released October 2020, will also assist farmers, suppliers and others in the private sector in planning the production and marketing of new products to help sustain industry growth.

"NASS has a long-standing reputation for providing objective, accurate data about all aspects of U.S. agriculture, but the only way for us to provide accurate information is with farmers’ input," Lofthus says. "I hope that all organic farmers who receive a survey form will recognize it as a way to benefit their industry and take the time to respond."

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential, as required by federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

The results of the 2019 Organic Survey will be made available October 2020 on NASS’ website at nass.usda.gov.

Go online for more information or call the NASS Minnesota Field Office at 651-728-3113.

Source: NASS Minnesota Field Office, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.
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