Farm organizations and legislators will use the information to make key decisions affecting farmers' future.
Dave Abbe, state statistician with the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service, said the data will be collected from mid-February through the end of March.
Helpful to Congress
Providing an objective picture of the financial well-being of Georgia farmers, the data will be the last financial picture presented to Congress as they work on the next farm bill, Abbe said.
Each farmer chosen to take part in the surveys will represent 50 to 100 fellow farmers. All data collected will be strictly confidential, as required by federal law. Only the statistical totals will be published.
"Farm Production Expenditures" will be released July 18. For a copy of the finished report or other farm stats, visit the GASS Web site (www.usda.gov/nass/ga) or the national site (www.usda.gov/nass). Or call 1-800-253-4419.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)