SAF Encourages Growers to Respond to USDA Survey

January 30, 2004 - 12:14

Growers
across the country are receiving their annual survey on commercial floriculture
production from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Because policy makers use the information from the survey to allocate necessary
resources to the industry and assess the industry's economic contribution to
U.S. agriculture, the Society of American Florists (SAF) is asking all of its
grower members to respond.

"Providing
the government with accurate information helps ensure that fair, real-world
policies are put into place," says Martin Meskers of Oregon Flowers Inc.,
Aurora, Ore. "It only takes a few minutes to fill out this survey, but the
information you provide could have a long-lasting impact on the floral
industry."

Each
year, the survey results help document the floriculture industry's growth. The survey
now includes more individual products and benchmarking data to compare with
growers' operations. The survey provides reliable, accurate data on key items
such as area of production, product sold, value of sales and labor.

SAF,
along with eight other floriculture organizations, has signed on as a supporter
of this important effort. NASS has cooperated fully with these organizations to
see that the data collected meets the needs of the industry.

Complete,
accurate and timely reporting by growers will ensure that reliable, objective
data on current commercial floriculture production is available to the public
and industry. Accurate industry statistics are crucial to obtaining research
funding and government support on various issues. 

Results
of the survey will be available online on April 27. 

Individual
operation information is completely confidential by law. NASS safeguards the
confidentiality of all survey responses and publishes state and U.S. data only,
ensuring that no individual operation or grower will be identified. For more
information, e-mail NASS@nass.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.

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