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USDA starts survey process among farmers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at 9:27 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is sending questionnaires to hundreds of Kansas farmers and ranchers to learn more about their production practices and household characteristics as part of the Agricultural Resource Management Survey.

Federal agencies will contact nearly 33,000 producers nationwide, including 1,935 in Kansas, between January and April. The data help ensure that government decision-makers have solid information, the USDA said. Individual responses are confidential, by law.

“We realize that this survey is lengthy and some producers may have questions or need clarification,’ said Jason Lamprecht, state statistician. “In February, our interviewers will begin reaching out to those farmers and ranchers who have not yet responded, to answer any questions they may have and help them fill out their questionnaires.”

The economic data gathered in the survey will be published in the annual Farm Production Expenditures report in August. All NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

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