No NASS Reports Friday


Due to the lapse in federal funding, USDA announced this week that work on National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports have been suspended. As Tyron Spearman reports, this includes crop reports and the cotton ginning’s report that were scheduled to come out Friday, January 11.


NASS Collects Nearly Half-Million Census of Ag Questionnaires Online

Dan Census of Agriculture, USDA-NASS

The National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) wrapped up its Census of Agriculture collection in 2018. The agency plans to release the new up-to-date Census data in 2019. “Over the course of 2018, NASS conducted the single-largest federal agricultural data collection in the United States with an improved questionnaire and asked some new questions to document changes and emerging trends in …


Long-Time NASS Employee Retiring


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will see a long-time employee retire in the coming days. Jim Ewing, director of the NASS southern region office in Athens, Georgia, talked with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman about his years of serving farmers across the Southeast.


USDA to Gauge Financial Well-Being of Farmers and Ranchers

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, USDA-NASS

Beginning in late December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend several months gathering information about farm economics and production practices from farmers and ranchers across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, as the agency conducts the third and final phase of the 2018 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). “ARMS is the only survey that …


Farmland Access Remains a Challenge for Young and Beginning Farmers

Dan Census of Agriculture, Economy, Industry

Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that access to affordable farmland remains a significant obstacle for young and beginning farmers. While there are several programs that are specifically designed to assist young and beginning farmers, structural barriers remain for younger individuals looking to get started in the industry. According to the last USDA Census of Agriculture, farmers between …

cotton production

Slight Increase in U.S. Cotton Production

Dan Cotton, Crop Forecasts, USDA-NASS

We told you last month that cotton production here in the Southeast will be much lower this year due to Hurricane Michael. But according to the December report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), U.S. production is now forecast to be a bit higher than what the November report indicated. Chris Singh, with NASS in Washington, …


USDA-NASS Announces 2017 Census of Agriculture Response Rate, Data Release Details

Dan Census of Agriculture, Industry News Release, USDA-NASS

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) concluded data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture with a 71.5 percent national response rate. The Census, conducted once every five years, was mailed to more than 3 million known and potential farms and ranches across the United States late last year. Data collection ended this July. Puerto …