USDA announces plan to survey ethanol producers

By USDA | June 27, 2014

Over the next several months, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact ethanol producers across the United States, as the agency is preparing to conduct a monthly Current Agricultural Industry Report survey.

The Current Industrial Report program began in 1904 with the Census Bureau. Due to budget reductions the bureau discontinued the program in 2011. Beginning this year, NASS will take over data collection and publishing for the industrial reports that involve agriculture products consumed /used  in wet and dry corn milling for ethanol production and the production of coproducts during this process.

“As soon as the Census Bureau announced they were discontinuing the Current Industrial Reports, we began hearing from agriculture stakeholders around the country about the impact this decision can have on the industry,” said NASS Administrator Joseph T. Reilly. “The reports are such an important element of sound economic policy planning and are used for market analysis, forecasting, and decision making that we knew we had to provide the data and I’m glad that beginning this year NASS is able to do just that.”

NASS has a long history of collecting and publishing agricultural data. The agency publishes nearly 500 reports, focused primarily on U.S. agricultural production, each year. NASS also has a strong history protecting its respondents’ individual data, as required by federal law. Survey responses are confidential and used only in combination with similar reports from other producers. Title 7, U.S. Code, Section 2276 and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act prohibit disclosure of individual information.

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