Arkansas

How is the cattle inventory in Arkansas changing?

What will the 2000 calf crop be?

To gather reliable, objective information, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be surveying farmers and ranchers for the July Cattle Survey.

A representative of the Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service began contacting local producers June 30 and will continue until July 14. This survey is vital, because it will provide a clear indication of the calf crop and feeder cattle supply for the coming year.

The information gathered is widely used. Producers rely on the data to reach valid production, marketing and investment decisions. Industry analysts, Extension agents and farm organizations use the information in a variety of ways that benefit farmers.

"We safeguard the confidentiality of all survey responses," says Ben Klugh, the agency's head. "Information from individual operations is combined with other responses to provide the needed data."

NASS works with farmers and ranchers to provide meaningful, accurate and objective statistics that help keep U.S. agriculture informed.

For a copy of the finished report or to obtain other agricultural statistics, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service Website, at www.usda.gov/nass/ar, or call 1-800-327-2970.

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