NASS to Tap Milk Market Order Data to Continue Monthly Milk Production Release

April 4, 2013 05:02 AM
 
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Agency to access previously existing data to compile monthly update

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USDA announced Wednesday that the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) will now provide an estimate of monthly milk production, partially reversing a prior decision to suspend the report from this month through September as a result of spending reductions forced by sequestration.

In resuming the data release, NASS will utilize existing information from federal milk marketing orders to calculate a monthly milk production figure. But as the release noted, there will not be data on milk cow numbers or on milk per cow as that portion was generated solely via the producer survey/data collection by NASS.

NASS, however, has indicated that at some point there will need to be some type of survey conducted to help verify the data that they will be using to make the monthly calculation of milk output. The milk market order data is information that NASS has used in making their production reports in addition to the now-suspended farmer survey data collection.

Comments: This partial resumption appears to be one of the only reports that NASS signaled it would suspend that will now be published as there are not the previously existing federal or other data available to utilize in place of the producer survey which was the key component affected by the sequestration reductions



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