COLUMBIA — Two mid-year surveys conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) provide vital data about commodity values and expected acreage supply.

According to a USDA press release Wednesday, around 4000 producers will be contacted to determine crop stock levels and acreage beginning June 1, 2019.

The two surveys are the June Agricultural Survey and June Area Survey. Producers will be contacted using different methods depending on which survey that participate in.

For the June Agricultural Survey, farmers will be contacted primarily by phone, email, mail and in-person interviews. The June Area Survey involves NASS representatives visiting farms or ranches within a designated tract of land.

The data collected from the surveys will be published in various NASS publications for both crop and livestock. Other producers can utilize the survey data to help improve their own operation.

All information gathered by the NASS will remain confidential so no individual producer can be identified.

To learn more about the surveys, visit the NASS website.