USDA to Measure Maple Syrup Production


        Starting in April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its annual Maple Syrup Inquiry. The New England field office is responsible for publishing the official USDA maple production statistics for five New England States (excluding Rhode Island). "The annual survey of maple producers is supported by the North American Maple Syrup Council, and the statistics generated are the basis for many decisions made by producers and maple industry representatives throughout the region," said Gary Keough, director of the NASS New England Field Office.
        Questionnaires will be mailed to producers in April when the sugaring season is winding down. To make it as easy as possible for producers to participate, reporting can be done via mail, telephone, internet, or personal interview. Those who do not complete their forms will be contacted in May and asked to complete the survey by telephone.
        As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law and is exempt from requests under the Freedom of Information Act. NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses, ensuring no individual respondent or operation can be identified.
        The national survey results will be available in the Crop Production Report from Washington, D.C. on June 12, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.  All reports are available on the Internet at within minutes of the scheduled release time.

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