America’s Department of Agriculture representatives plan on gathering hemp production and acreage data from a surfeit of United States farmers in the upcoming months.
Last month, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) issued a notice in the Federal Register asking the White House for permission to collect information about the production of hemp.
Although the type of information is still unclear, the department asserted that it expects around twenty thousand responses from hemp farmers, based on the list of hemp growers being created by the NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service).
The notice read that the data will be collected under DHPP’s (Domestic Hemp Production Program) authority. DHPP is operated by the Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA.
NASS management had a meeting with officials from USDA’s Farm Service Department, Economic Research Service, Risk Management Department, and the Office of the Agriculture Secretary to ascertain the type of information required and the collections’ frequency.
NASS intends to send questionnaires via mail and will use several web data tools and mailings, followed up using limited phone calls to non-responders to boost feedbacks.
The notice leaves room for comments on why the data is crucial and suitable approaches for collecting the data up to 26th April.
The Agriculture Department’s final regulations on hemp production were released on 15th January and are expected to be in effect this month.
The USDA’s request for data on hemp production is different from the hemp production practice and costs survey that it planned to conduct in 2020 while working with the Kentucky University and the NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture).
The Agriculture Department’s data collection branch, the NASS, is also preparing to send content tests to growers this spring as it gathers momentum for the 2022 Agriculture Census, which will include hemp cultivators for the first time..