During its upcoming June Area Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will talk with agricultural producers about 2007 crop plantings and livestock inventories across the country including California and Arizona.

As part of the nationwide survey, NASS representatives will knock on the doors of producers on selected land to collect information about land uses and agricultural activities.

“The June Area Survey is one of the largest and most comprehensive surveys conducted each year by NASS,” said Steven Manheimer, director of the NASS Arizona Field Office. “By providing an in-depth look at land uses and agricultural activities, the survey provides the most timely, accurate and useful information on the current condition of U.S. agriculture.

NASS California Field Office Director Vic Tolomeo said, “Understanding that the information we gather is only as good as the source it comes from, we are counting on the most reliable, frontline source of information for this survey – the producers themselves.”

During the first two weeks of June, NASS representatives will visit predetermined areas of land in each state to conduct personal interviews with the owners and operators of any farm or ranch on that land. NASS will collect information on farm numbers, crop acreage, genetically modified crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents and land values, and the value of sales.

The information from the June Area Survey will be used extensively by NASS in its ongoing survey and estimation programs. The survey provides direct data, or is a critical component for a host of NASS reports, including the monthly Crop Production report, annual Acreage report, and inventory reports for cattle, hogs and pigs, and sheep and goats.

This year’s reports are even more important with regard to corn acreage. The NASS Planting Intentions report issued in March 2007 showed a potential for the largest corn crop since the 1940s. Information collected from the June Area Survey will help produce results that show what U.S. producers actually planted.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law.

NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses and publishes only state and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

All reports are available on the NASS web site at www.nass.usda.gov.

For more information, call the NASS Arizona Field Office at (800) 645-7286, or the NASS California Field Office at (916) 498-5161.