Feb 17, 2020NASS to end county-level estimates for potatoes, other crops
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will no longer publish county-level estimates for potatoes, dry edible beans, flaxseed, hay (alfalfa and other), sugarbeets, sugarcane, sunflower (non-oil and oil varieties) and tobacco.
The data collection cost for the surveys used to gather the data used for county level estimates had been partially funded through a cooperative agreement, which was not renewed. As a result, NASS is adjusting its county estimates program to reflect the lower funding availability. Before making this decision, NASS published the details of these intended changes in a Federal Register Notice, which allowed public comment. All feedback was carefully reviewed and considered before making the decision to discontinue these estimates.
All NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov .