The USDA’s National Agriculture Statistical Service (NASS) announced last week that it is discontinuing or reducing a wide range of agricultural survey programs due to funding reductions. The notice is here: http://1.usa.gov/oD9oD7.
Following deliberate reviews of all its programs, the agency made cuts to 14 surveys including key reports used by the nursery industry. The Annual Floriculture Report and the Nursery Report have been eliminated. Chemical Use Reports and Fruit and Vegetable in-season forecast and estimates have been reduced in frequency.
Recognizing the importance of NASS’s data products and services to U.S. agriculture, NASS will make available similar data either less frequently or within the every 5-year Census of Agriculture. The next census will be conducted beginning January 2013 to reflect activities in the 2012 calendar year.