Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
Two important agricultural surveys are being done by USDA and the NCDA&CS Ag Statistics Division between now and March 15.
First, the Agricultural Resource Management Survey collects farm finance information to provide a picture of the cost of doing business on the farm. Information about farm expenses, farm income and related items are necessary for elected officials and others to understand the huge investment farmers make to produce food and fiber. State and national numbers will be produced from the survey, and all responses will be kept confidential.
In late February and early March, the second survey will ask farmers about their 2011 spring planting intentions. North Carolina farmers have more options this spring than we have seen in a while in terms of their planting mix. Higher prices for most field crops mean farmers have some big choices to make.
Listen as Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about why it’s important for farmers to take part in these surveys.[audio:http://info.ncagr.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Troxler_2-15.mp3|titles=Today’s Topic for Feb. 15]
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