USDA suspends Milk Production reports due to sequestration

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is suspending a number of statistical surveys and reports for the remainder of the fiscal year due to reduced funding caused by sequestration. Among them are monthly Milk Production reports and the annual Milk Production, Disposition and Income summary.

In a press release, NASS said it reviewed “its survey programs against mission- and user-based criteria as well as the amount of time remaining in the fiscal year to conduct the surveys, with the goal of finding available cost savings and maintaining the strongest data in service to agriculture.”

“The decision to suspend these reports was not made lightly, but it was nevertheless necessary, given the funding situation,” according to NASS.

Other suspended reports include a semi-annual Cattle report, released in July; as well as a number of reports related to fish farming and minor crops.