The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is in the process of mailing out letters with survey codes to more than 22,000 American producers as part of the 2019 Organic Survey. Letters are being sent to producers who are involved in certified organic farming, or who are in the process of transitioning. Each of the producers who self-reported organic farming in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will receive a unique survey code. Responses can be submitted online and will be represented in the important, once-every-five-year data.
The Organic Survey results will expand on the 2017 Census of Agriculture data by looking at several aspects of organic agriculture for the 2019 calendar year, including production, marketing practices, income, expenses and more. Producers who receive the survey are required to respond by federal law, as the survey is part of the Census of Agriculture Program. The same federal law which requires a response from producers also requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential. The deadline for response is January 10, with results to become available in October 2020.
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