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NASS producer surveys resume

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is in the process of resuming its milk production quarterly producer surveys in the new federal fiscal year, which begins October 1. This means producers have received or will soon receive in the mail their quarterly surveys about milk cow numbers and production on the farm.

NASS had previously suspended the surveys in April 2013 to meet the budget reductions required by sequestration.

The agency uses information gathered in the quarterly producer surveys -- along with various sources of administrative data -- to establish the monthly milk production estimates. With the quarterly surveys, the dairy cow and milk per cow statistics will once again be available. These are critical data points for interested parties to forecast future milk supply.

The program resumed this week with a late September mailing of the survey form to producers. Data from this survey will be released in the October 21 Milk Production report.