Columbia–In late February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin surveying farmers in Missouri and across the U.S. to estimate hog and pig inventory. The survey will determine inventories as of March 1, the size of the pig crop over the last three months, and future farrowing intentions.

“NASS will mail questionnaires to farmers near the end ofFebruary.Farmers may return the survey by mail or online,” said Robert Garino, Missouri State Statistician. The USDA encourages farmers to respond online at the website www.agcounts.usda.gov, as it is secure, efficient and saves costs. “This quarterly survey provides valuable information about hog production to farmers and rural communities,” added Garino.

Farmers may be contacted by phone during March if they have not returned their survey by mail or online. NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by federal law. NASS will publish the survey Results in the Hogs and Pigs Report, to be released March 25, 2021, available online at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications