USDA NASS Southern Region, Georgia Field Office
January – March 2015 Data Collection Activities:
Pecan Production and Disposition Survey: Questionnaires will mail out on December 17. Data collection will be from December 22nd through January 7, 2015. Data will be published in the Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts Preliminary Summary in late January 2015.
January Cattle and Milk: Questionnaires will be mailed on December 19. Data collection will be from December 22nd through January 11 for January 1, 2015 inventory numbers on hand. Data will be published in the Milk Production Report on January 22, 2015 and the Cattle report on January 30, 2015.
January Sheep and Goats: Questionnaires will be mailed on December 19. Data collection will be from December 22nd through January 11 for January 1, 2015 inventory numbers on hand. Data will be published in the Sheep and Goat report on January 30, 2015.
TOTAL: The annual 2014 Tenure, Ownership and Transition for Agricultural Land (TOTAL) will be conducted in Georgia and across the Nation beginning late December until mid-April. A portion of the producers selected for the survey will receive a questionnaire in the mail in the late December to early January timeframe. The remaining producers selected for the survey will receive a visit from field interviewer during the late January to April timeframe. Producers will report on characteristics and trends in land ownership, land rental and land transfers in addition to providing information for the financial analyses of farm business, farm households and cost associated with producing agricultural commodities.. In the Southern Region, slightly over 4,500 producers will be asked to provide data and be the voice of the State's agricultural growers. The release date for Farm Production Expenditures will be August 5, 2015.
County Estimates: Questionnaires for this survey were mailed to respondents in October. Our data collection center will contact producers from December 1 through January 2015.
March Prospective Plantings: The Southern Regional Office of USDA NASS will be asking by mail, phone, and personal interview more than 4,000 growers across the southeast in late February of their intentions for planting crops in 2015. This is an important survey that provides the first official estimates of U.S. farmers' planting intentions for 2015. The Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Grain Stocks reports will be released on March 31, 2015.
March Hogs: Data collection will occur by mail and personal interviews for Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina hog producers beginning in late February. The survey will collect hog inventories as of March 1. Results will be published in the Hogs and Pigs report on March 27, 2015.
Off Farm Grain Stocks: Questionnaires will be mailed on February 21 and called from the Georgia Field Office, March 10-11. Results will be published in the Grain Stocks report on March 31, 2015.
NACS: A first mailing of the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) is planned for mid-January by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This data collection seeks to account for all potential farms in Georgia as a first step to ensure a complete and accurate 2017 Census of Agriculture. It is important for all recipients to return the form, even if they don't think of themselves as a farm. The form should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
Census of Horticulture: The initial mail-out took place on December 15, 2014. Second mail-out will take place on February 19, 2015. Data collected will include both horticultural and floricultural operations. Field data collection for Floriculture records in South Carolina and Florida will be December 22 through end of March 2015. Filed data collection for Horticulture only records is December 22 through June 2015. The publication will be available sometime in December 2015. Additional information is available at the web address www.agcensus.usda.gov.
Organic Survey: The initial mail out will take place January 15. The Organic Survey is known as a “follow-on” survey stemming from the Census of Agriculture. The primary purpose of the Organic Survey is to collect price information at the commodity level along with acreage, production, and sales data for a variety of organic crop and livestock commodities. Other information gathered will include marketing and agricultural practices, insurance, and production expenses. The publication will be available sometime in August 2015. Additional information is available at the web address www.agcensus.usda.gov.
Contact our office at (800) 253.4419 with any questions or comments.
Jim Ewing Regional Director
USDA NASS Southern Region Field Office