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USDA calls on dairy farmers to help measure Northeast milk production

By Journal Staff


Thousands of milk producers across the U.S., including nearly 2,500 in the Northeast, will receive surveys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) as the agency collects information for its 2017 milk-production reports, according to a recent news release. 

“The dairy industry is an important component of the Northeast’s agriculture and it is crucial for us to have accurate data about this key sector,” King Whetstone, director of the NASS Northeastern Regional Office, said in a news release. NASS conducts the milk-production survey in the region, including New York state, every January, April, July, and October. The survey asks dairy farmers to disclose the number of milk cows in the herd, number of cows milked, and total milk production for the first day of the month. New York is the largest milk producer among the Northeast states.

The dairy industry relies on monthly milk-production reports to make decisions about the marketing of milk. By participating in the survey, milk producers can ensure that NASS provides “timely, accurate, and useful data that all sectors of the U.S. milk industry use to make sound business decisions,” the organization contends.

“At NASS, we have a strong commitment to respondent confidentiality,” Whetstone said. “We are required by law to protect the privacy of all responses and publish data only in aggregate form, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified,” he noted.

NASS said it will publish the survey results in its monthly milk-production report on Oct. 20, 2017. All NASS reports are available online at           

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