NASS announces sequestration cutbacks

by Laura Lloyd
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said it is suspending some statistical surveys and reports for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year ending Sept. 30 because of cuts in funding mandated by sequestration.

Those suspended include all catfish and trout reports, including catfish feed deliveries and catfish processing, the July Cattle report, Potato Stocks reports, all non-citrus fruit, nut and vegetable forecasts and estimates, the June Rice Stocks report, all hops and hops stocks estimates, the Mink report, Milk Production reports, including production, disposition and income, the June on- and off-farm stocks for Austrian winter peas, chickpeas, dry peas and lentils and July acreage forecasts for Austrian winter peas, dry edible peas and lentils.

“Before deciding upon the program suspensions, NASS reviewed its survey programs against mission-and user-based criteria as well as the amount of time remaining in the fiscal year to conduct the surveys with the goal of finding available cost savings and maintaining the strongest data in service to agriculture,” NASS said.
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