The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) confirmed late last week that it has reinstated the collecting of data for the January Sheep Report. In a press release, NASS stated that it recognizes the importance of NASS's data products and services to U.S. agriculture.
Data collection will begin Dec. 23 with a report date of Jan. 27.
"We appreciate all of the industry emails sent to NASS encouraging the continuation of this important sheep report," commented Peter Orwick, executive director for the American Sheep Industry Association. "I would encourage all producers who are surveyed to take the time to respond in an effort to assure the highest level of validity of this report."
NASS will publish a Federal Register notice reflecting this program change.