In light of funding reductions in fiscal year (FY) 2011 and the likelihood of additional reductions in FY 2012, NASS conducted deliberate reviews of all programs against mission- and user-based criteria, aimed at finding cost savings and forward-thinking business efficiencies so that key timely, accurate and useful data remains available in service to agriculture. As a result, the agency is discontinuing or reducing a wide range of agricultural survey programs. The decision to eliminate or reduce these reports was not made lightly, but it was nevertheless necessary, given the funding situation. Because of the timing of the agency’s survey work during the coming year, these decisions are necessary now. The green industry programs are:
Annual Floriculture Report - Eliminate
Chemical Use Reports – Reduce frequency of commodity coverage
Fruit and Vegetable in-season forecast and estimates– Reduce from monthly and quarterly to annual report
Nursery Report – Eliminate
Recognizing the importance of NASS’s data products and services to U.S. agriculture, NASS will make available similar data either less frequently or within the every 5-year Census of Agriculture. The next census will be conducted beginning January 2013 to reflect activities in the 2012 calendar year.
Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M, said those reports provide vital benchmark data.
See his other comments here.