Small Grains County Agricultural Production Survey

Lincoln, NE – Many Nebraska producers recently received a survey to collect data that will be used to
determine small grain county level acreage, yield, and production estimates for 2016. The USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed these surveys in late July to producers.

“County-level yields have a direct impact on farmers around the State. USDA’s Farm Service Agency
uses the data in administering producer programs such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) included
in the 2014 Farm Bill, and in determining disaster assistance program calculations,” said Dean Groskurth,
Director of NASS’s Northern Plains Region. “NASS cannot publish a county yield unless it receives
enough reports from producers in that county to make a statistically defensible estimate. So, it is very
important that producers respond to this survey. In 2015, we were unable to publish several large
producing counties because we lacked a sufficient number of responses.”

“As required by Federal law, all responses are completely confidential,” Groskurth continued. “We
safeguard the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be
identified. Individual responses are also exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.”

“Many producers respond by mail or on our secure website. If not enough responses are received from a
county, we will begin contacting producers by phone or in person. County-level data for winter wheat and
oats will be published in December.”