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May 22, 2007

USDA to Look at Land Uses Across the State

Columbia, MO - During the upcoming June Area Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be out and about accounting for farm land throughout the state. As part of the nationwide survey, NASS representatives will be knocking on the doors of producers on selected land to collect information about their land uses and agricultural activities.

"The June Area Survey is one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys conducted each year by NASS," explained Gene Danekas, director of the NASS Missouri Field Office. "By providing an in-depth look at land uses and agricultural activities, the survey provides the most timely, accurate and useful information on the current condition of U.S. agriculture.

"Understanding that the information we gather is only as good as the source it comes from, we are counting on the most reliable, frontline source of information for this survey—the producers themselves," added Danekas.

During the first two weeks of June, NASS representatives will visit predetermined areas of land in Missouri and conduct personal interviews with the operators of any farm or ranch on that land. NASS will collect information on crop acreage, genetically modified crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents and land values, and the value of sales.

The information from the June Area Survey provides the basis to develop inventories of crops and livestock for NASS reports, including: the monthly Crop Production report, annual Acreage report and inventory reports for Cattle, Hogs and Pigs, and Sheep and Goats.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. "NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," stated Danekas. All reports are available in the Press Releases section. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Missouri Field Office at (800) 551-1014.