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New Mexico office of USDA-NASS

Why Respond to NM Surveys?



WHY RESPOND TO SURVEYS?
BENEFITS TO NEW MEXICO'S PRODUCERS
BENEFITS TO THE UNITED STATES
BENEFITS TO THE CROP FARMER
BENEFITS TO THE LIVESTOCK RAISER
BENEFITS TO AGRI-BUSINESS
SUPPORT AND PROMOTE NEW MEXICO's AGRICULTURE



WHY RESPOND TO SURVEYS?

The results of these surveys put you on an equal footing with big business. Ours is the only unbiased source of farm facts - not based on special interest groups.

Agriculture has moved into the world economy. Yesterday's news doesn't help you in today's farm economy.

TODAY'S NEWS: Outlook and forecast reports you read, such as farm magazines, newsletters, university advisories, etc., are based on the information you report on these surveys.

Survey results are published within 30 days of the survey period.

Remember: Your individual reports are strictly confidential and cannot be used by other government agencies, industry organizations, or anyone else.


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BENEFITS TO NEW MEXICO'S PRODUCERS

Enables the promoters to sell New Mexico products by knowing what is being produced.

Production reports attract buyers from other states and countries.

Agriculture is a leading New Mexico industry—therefore, any information on condition or outlook for agriculture affects many decisions for local and State governments.

State revenue is dependent on strong agriculture, and expenditures must be planned accordingly. Agricultural statistics provide important input in this planning.

Statistics portray the importance of New Mexico's agriculture. Particularly important recipients are buyers, processors, and suppliers.


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BENEFITS TO THE UNITED STATES

Farm programs must be based upon agricultural facts.

Promotion of U.S. agricultural products abroad depends on an adequate supply. Crop, stocks, livestock production, and intentions reports provide valuable statistics on supply availability.

Government school lunch programs and other programs utilizing surplus commodities depend on agricultural statistics.

Foreign trade balances depend greatly on agricultural products, and good information is needed to promote or limit exports.

Good Facts are Needed for Good Decisions Agricultural statistics are a guide in many legislative actions relating to irrigation, dams, conservation programs, price controls, etc.


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BENEFITS TO THE CROP FARMER

Crop statistics provide more equal bargaining, with seller and buyer having the same basic facts. Neither has an unfair advantage by collecting his own facts.

Planting intentions reports alert farmers to anticipated shortages or surpluses in time to change their own plans prior to planting.

Grain stocks reports alert producers to the pattern of disappearance and are a tool to help them decide time and method of disposition of their crops.

Crop production forecasts remove elements of surprise, so utilization decisions can be made with greater confidence.

Crop acreage, production, and stocks reports help stabilize prices by squelching rumors and eliminating surprises on the market.

Acreage, yield, and production surveys provide county data used for farm program payments.


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BENEFITS TO THE LIVESTOCK RAISER

Cattle on feed numbers, placements, and marketings provide information on the future direction of cattle markets.

Hog numbers and farrowing intentions reports provide information on the future direction of hog markets.

Crop production forecasts and grain stocks reports provide information on probable future feed costs, which aids in planning future operations.

Inventory numbers of livestock by class and weight indicate the future direction of the industry and are a tool in planning future operations.

Cattle, hog, and sheep reports help stabilize prices by squelching rumors and eliminating surprises on the market.

Livestock statistics provide more equal bargaining, with seller and buyer having the same basic facts. Neither has an unfair advantage by collecting his own facts.

Historic numbers/price relationships help forecast future livestock prices.


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BENEFITS TO AGRI-BUSINESS

Crop acreages provide seed, chemical, and fertilizer dealers information on supplies needed to meet the crop producers' demands.

Crop production forecasts alert railroads and truckers to the need for rail cars or trucks to move the crop.

Agricultural journalists and economists depend on agricultural statistics for their basic information.

Agricultural statistics provide a more stable business atmosphere.

Good facts reduce risks, allowing businesses to operate on smaller margins, with the producer benefitting in the long run.

Statistics provide data for potential product demand, which will aid in setting up sales territories and in selecting plant sites.

A reliable outlook for crop and livestock production reflects a strong local economy and enables businesses to have supplies to meet the demand.


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SUPPORT AND PROMOTE NEW MEXICO'S AGRICULTURE

Cooperate when asked to give information. (Remember, individual information is kept strictly confidential.)

Use agricultural statistics to the effectiveness and profitability of your operation.


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