By CAROL RYAN DUMAS
USDA-NASS announced this week it will provide partial data on monthly milk production.
The monthly reports fell victim to sequestration with NASS announcing in March it would discontinue its monthly milk production report through the remainder of the fiscal year
The agency will continue to report milk production numbers but will not be reporting cow numbers and milk per cow, said Sue King, NASS chief of public affairs.
Milk production reporting will be unchanged, covering production for 50 states and the U.S. in the April and July reports and production on the national level and on the state level for the 23 major production states in May, June, August and September, she said.
The next report, on March production, will be released April 19, King said.
The agency will use only various sources of administrative data to establish the monthly milk production estimates rather than incorporating information from the two remaining quarterly producer surveys, as has been the case, NASS stated in its announcement this week.
Sources for the data will include state and federal government agencies, processors and others, King said.
NASS has received feedback and comments indicating that losing the milk production report is extremely problematic, she said.
The decision to move forward with the limited milk production estimates is a reflection of NASS' ongoing evaluation of its programs, its fiscal situation and the agency's commitment to timely, accurate and useful data, the announcement stated.