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Wheat production practices study runs through Dec. 2

How are Northwest winter wheat farmers using agricultural chemicals and biological pest management alternatives in order to maintain a safe and abundant food supply? The second phase of the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), will answer this and other questions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact winter wheat farmers Sept. 1 through Dec. 2 as part of this national survey of crop production practices. NASS will conduct personal interviews with more than 2,100 farm operators nationwide, including 370 within Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Farmers will be asked to provide information on their fertilizer, nutrient, and pesticide applications, as well as their pest management practices.

NASS conducts ARMS in three phases to explore the link between production practices and farm economic conditions; the first phase screens farms to determine eligibility for the survey, this second phase focuses on the production practices of selected farms, and in early 2016 NASS will begin the third phase by following up with producers to obtain additional economic data.

ARMS is USDA’s primary source of information on the production practices, resource use, and economic well-being of America’s farm households. Virtually every federal farm program and policy is based on ARMS data -- conservation programs, price support programs, risk management programs, research programs.

Participating in ARMS also ensures that growers have a chance to explain how they use chemicals responsibly. ARMS data can be used in the decision-making process for product registration, re-registration, and product alternatives. By providing accurate and timely usage information, producers can help ensure the products they use continue to be available.

NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by Federal law.

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