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USDA survey to help farmers with future decisions

Farmers are asked to respond to a survey that will help them make better decisions in the future.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be contacting farmers between May 20 and June 14 for the June Agricultural Survey, according to a news release. Some farmers will be chosen from sampled areas of land identified on aerial photographs.

“If we speak up and answer the questions about the 2004 crop season, we can help reduce uncertainty in the agriculture marketplace,” said Dave Abbe, state statistician, in the release.

Producers rely on the data to reach valid production, marketing, and investment decisions. Industry analysts, extension agents and farm organizations use the information in a variety of ways to benefit farmers. Individual names are kept confidential, according to Abbe.