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Reminder: 30-Day Public Comment Period on Statistical Reports Ends Today

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2012—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds interested parties that it will accept public comment through today as part of its review of release times and procedures for several major statistical reports. Due to recent changes in market hours by major commodity exchanges, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB)—the USDA entities responsible for the reports—are reviewing release times and procedures of the following statistical reports: World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, Acreage, Cattle, Cattle on Feed, Crop Production, Grain Stocks, Prospective Plantings, Quarterly Hogs and Pigs, and Small Grain Summary. The current USDA release times of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ET will remain in effect until further notice. The public comment period opened on June 8.

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