NASS Announces Suspended Reports, Surveys
(NAFB)--Since the new fiscal year is starting with the fiscal year 2013 sequestration-level funding under a continuing resolution - USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service isn’t able to reinstate the programs suspended in March of 2013. NASS will not conduct a number of statistical surveys in fiscal year 2014 - which started October 1 and continues through September 30. NASS reviewed its survey programs against mission and user-based criteria - as well as the timing of data collection - with the goal of finding available cost savings and maintaining the strongest data in service to agriculture. Those estimates and reports suspended due to sequestration include the July Cattle Report, Potato Stocks Report, June Rice Stocks Report and All Hops and Hops Stocks Estimates. The decision to suspend these reports - according to USDA - was not made lightly - but was necessary because of the funding situation.
NASS is also suspending the Annual Mink Report; June on- and off-farm stocks for Austrian Winter Peas, Chickpeas, Dry Peas and Lentils; July acreage forecasts for Austrian Winter Peas, Dry Edible Peas and Lentils; and All Catfish and Trout Reports - including Catfish Feed Deliveries and Catfish Processing. NASS will however publish the annual catfish and trout report using data collected during the census of aquaculture. NASS will publish the Non-Citrus Fruit and Nut Annual Summary - but there will be no forecasts, no preliminary summary and no monthly prices in fiscal year 2014. NASS will also publish the Vegetable Annual Summary. There will not be forecasts or monthly prices.