USDA to Measure Florida, Georgia Vegetable Chemical Use

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Members from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will interview almost 300 vegetable producers in Georgia and Florida to compile data for the 2022 Vegetable Chemical Use Survey this fall.

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The survey will gather information on bearing acreage, pest management practices, treated acres, application rates and fertilizer and pesticide applications for 22 different vegetable crops. Growers in 15 other states will also hear from NASS, as the agency collects comprehensive U.S. vegetable production practices information.

“Growers benefit from providing their information because the published data will illustrate the industry’s environmental practices and assure the quality of U.S. food to consumers here and around the world,” said Anthony Prillaman, director of the NASS Southern Region Field Office. “I encourage every grower to take the time to respond, if they receive this survey.”

The data will focus on fertilizer, pesticide use, and other pest management practices used by the vegetable growers across the nation. NASS representatives will call growers to arrange phone or in-person interviews to conduct the survey.

Growers are encouraged to have their spray records available for reference. If these services were contracted, growers should be prepared to give consent to access these records.

NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents. The information growers provide will be used for statistical purposes only. In accordance with federal law, responses will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed in identifiable form.

The data will be published online in NASS’s Quick Stats database in July 2023. This database and all NASS reports are available on nass.usda.gov. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Southern Region Field Office at (800) 253-4419.

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