FARGO, N.D. - During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey nearly 4,000 operators across North Dakota to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2017.
"Due to the widespread and significant impact of its results, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey are two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts," explained Darin Jantzi, State Statistician of the NASS North Dakota Field Office. "When growers respond to these surveys, they provide essential information that helps determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2017 crop year. The results are necessary for everyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods."
NASS gathers the data for the June Agricultural Survey online, by mail, phone, and in-person interview. For the June Area Survey, agency representatives visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm or ranch on that land. Growers provide information on crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values, and value of sales.
NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released June 30, 2017. Survey data contribute to NASS's monthly and annual Crop Production reports, as well as the annual Small Grains Summary and USDA's monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
"NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and only publishes data at the state and national levels, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified," stated Jantzi.
"We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers and ranchers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable and capable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them for their cooperation," said Darin Jantzi.
All reports are available on the NASS website: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.
MINOT, ND - Summer is almost upon us and that means fresh air, sunshine, and the 85th Annual Ward County 4-H Achievement Days. Nearly 250 Cloverbud and 4-H members will be in Minot on Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22 showcasing their talents and skills they have been perfecting during the past year. Held at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, Ward County 4-H Achievement Days will display projects ranging from static (non-living) displays, demonstrations, livestock, pets, small animals, and horse shows.
Beginning bright and early on Monday, June 19 is the horse show, held in Arena II. Unique to other shows, this one is open to all 4-H horse exhibitors, whether they are Ward County members or not. Tuesday, June 20 is the Dog, Cat and Small Animal Shows located in the Expo Building in the morning. Next will be Static Judging in FFA Hall during the afternoon. Judges will interview the youth individually for each exhibit they bring. On Wednesday, June 21 is the all-day Livestock Show also held in the Expo Building.
Thursday, June 22 is the crescendo of Achievement days starting with the Rabbit and Poultry Show in the Expo Building during the morning. Around 2 p.m. will begin a fun-filled activity called "Ag Olympics" in the Expo Building. This is a family-fun event with minute-to-win-it type games and lots of laughter.
After Ag Olympics, beginning at 4:30 p.m. will be the 4-H Friends and Family Barbeque and Awards Program in FFA Hall. In the evening at 7 p.m. will be the adorable Pee Wee Pig Show in the Expo Building. Capping the day at 7:30 p.m. is the Livestock Premium Sale.
Following Achievement Days is the Ward County Shootout on Friday, June 23. The Shootout is an all species livestock show that is open to all youth exhibitors. Starting at 8 a.m., the show will begin with swine then sheep, goats and cattle. On Saturday, June 24 is the North Dakota Junior Beef Expo, multi-bread junior beef field day.
All events are open to the public. Please consider showing your support to local Ward County youth by coming to the fairgrounds during June 19-24. The diversity of projects and dedication shown in each exhibit will surely inspire everyone.
For more information about Ward County 4-H, or if interested in joining Ward County 4-H as a youth member or a volunteer, please contact Emily Goff, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent at NDSU Extension Service Ward County by calling 1-701-857-6450
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