Census of Horticulture

Census of Horticulture

Census of Horticulture. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

By now you've heard of the Census of Agriculture, a massive gathering of information regarding farms and practices. If you are a fruit grower, get ready for the Census of Horticulture. Lacy Gray has more.

GRAY: USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticulture. The census is the only detailed production and sales data for the U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop industries, including tree fruit crops. NASS Administrator Joseph T. Reilly stated the data will be used "to help develop new technologies and programs to support sustainability and growth within this agriculture sector." Growers can complete the census securely online at www.agcensus.usda.gov or return their questionnaire by mail by February 5, 2015.

Thanks Lacy. NASS will be mailing the census in the next week or so to approximately 40,000 horticultural operations in the U.S. that grew and sold $10,000 or more of horticultural specialty products, as reported in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Producers are asked to provide information on horticultural activities conducted during 2014, including production of horticultural crops, value of products, square footage used for growing crops, production expenses and more.

That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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