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USDA Conducts Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Survey
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 08/07/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting producers for the September Hogs and Pigs Survey. This survey is a comprehensive gathering of quarterly data on market hog and breeding stock inventories as well as pig crop and farrowing intentions in every state.

"Pennsylvania inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2020 was 1.42 million head. This was up 4.4 percent from March 1, 2020, and up 6.8 percent from December 1, 2019," according to King Whetstone, director of the NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office. "The September survey and resulting report will continue to provide important indicators for the industry of what changes are occurring -- if any," added Whetstone.

NASS will mail the questionnaires to all producers selected for the survey in mid-August. To ensure all survey participants have an opportunity to respond, NASS interviewers will contact producers who do not respond by mail or online to conduct telephone interviews.

The data gathered in this survey allows NASS to accurately measure and report conditions and trends in the U.S. pork industry. The information is used by all sectors of the industry, including producers themselves, to help make sound and timely business decisions.

NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

Survey results will be published in the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report to be released on Sept. 24. For more information, call the NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office at (800) 498-1518.


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