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What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2017 as they finalize plans for planting this spring?

    FARGO, N.D. - What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2017 as they finalize plans for planting this spring? The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately 84,000 of the nation's farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.

    "Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA's Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers' planting intentions for the year," said NASS' North Dakota State Statistician Darin Jantzi. "The March Agricultural Survey provides the factual data that underpins these projections, making it one of the most important surveys we conduct each year."

    NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops they intend to plant in 2017, how many acres they intend to plant, and the amounts of grain and oilseed stored on their farms. NASS encourages producers to respond online or by mail. Those producers who do not respond by the deadline may be contacted for a telephone or personal interview.

    NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in the annual Prospective Plantings report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on March 31, 2017.

    As with all NASS surveys, the results of this survey will be available in aggregate form only, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. These and all NASS reports are available online at For more information call the NASS North Dakota Field Office at 800-582-6443.


    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - A rule amending the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Program (RMP) is scheduled to go into effect March 14, 2017 if no changes are made by the Trump administration.

    The new rule will affect all of the approximately 260 anhydrous ammonia retailers in North Dakota. The new rule includes several changes in the areas of accident prevention, emergency response and public availability of chemical hazard information. It also clarifies a number of existing RMP requirements.

    "The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has been closely following this rule change and provided comments during the process," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "While not all of our concerns were addressed, the final rule is workable and shouldn't have an overly burdensome effect on our agricultural anhydrous ammonia retailers."

    Goehring added that the department will be working in the coming weeks to disseminate the details of the changes by providing updates and compliance information to the anhydrous industry.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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