USDA to Survey Wisconsin Corn, Potato Producers
A select group of corn and potato growers from Wisconsin will be contacted by USDA officials this fall in an effort to collect data on production practices in the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin conducting its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey in October and November.
State Agriculture Statistician Greg Bussler says the research serves as the primary source of information on the use of crop protection chemicals, ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulators use real-world data when making decisions about the future availability of these products.
“The survey results help agricultural leaders and decision-makers better understand how producers cope with risk, adapt to policy changes, and make decisions about chemical use, new technologies and many other aspects of farming,” Bussler said. “Your participation ensures that decisions affecting you, your family, your business, and your community are based on the facts, straight from the source.”
As part of the agency’s strategy, NASS representatives will be conducting in-person interviews with 250 corn farmers and another 125 potato producers from across Wisconsin. Bussler adds that another follow up survey will be held next year to obtain additional economic data.
The results of the ARMS will be released in May 2017.