U.S. Department of Agriculture to Conduct Census of Farming Community, Says Hess

Bedford County lawmaker encourages farmers to participate


Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) today announced that beginning in January, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be working in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to contact farmers throughout Pennsylvania to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).  This survey will allow farmers the opportunity to provide accurate, real-time data that will help shape the policies, programs and issues that affect the agriculture industry.


“I encourage farmers throughout the 78th District to participate if they are contacted,” Hess said.  “By providing data about their farming operations, policies and resources can be directed to Pennsylvania to support our agricultural community.”


The survey will be conducted between Jan. 28 and April 14, 2011, and will include input from nearly 35,000 farmers nationwide, of which 673 will be randomly selected from Pennsylvania.  Producers will be asked to provide data on their operating expenditures, production costs and household characteristics.


Additionally, the Pennsylvania Field Office of the NASS will be surveying cattle farmers for its largest cattle survey from Dec. 30, 2010, to Jan. 11, 2011.  Estimates will include the total number of cattle and calves as of Jan. 1, 2011, as well as the total number of heifers, steers, milk cows and beef cows.


Hess noted that with both surveys, federal law mandates that the data provided must be kept confidential, and names, addresses and information about individual operations are considered private information and are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


Results of the cattle survey will be made available on Jan. 28, 2011, and the data gathered in ARMS will be published on Aug. 2, 2011.  Both reports will be accessible by visiting the NASS website at www.nass.usda.gov.  A link to the NASS website can also be found by logging onto Hess’ website at DickHess.com.


For questions or concerns regarding both surveys, farmers may contact NASS by calling 1-800-727-9540.


Rep. Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 623-9097
(717) 787-7076

Contact:  Tim Eller

House Republican Public Relations


(717) 260-6242

Member site:  DickHess.com

Caucus Site:  PAHouseGop.com
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