The Ohio Field Office is the main
agricultural data gathering agency in the state with the
purpose of collecting, compiling and providing current statistics.
This service is provided in cooperation with the USDA's National
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Ohio Department
of Agriculture and Ohio State University.
The primary goal of the Ohio Field Office is to provide agricultural
commodity producers with unbiased and reliable information
to assist them in making production and marketing decisions.
Other important data users are farm organizations, agribusiness
and transportation firms, state and national policy makers,
and foreign buyers of agricultural products.
NASS Field Offices collect and analyze data which are used
to prepare statistical estimates. The Ohio Field Office submits
these recommendations to its national headquarters in Washington,
D.C. Commodity experts review all State recommendations and
issue State and National estimates to the public on scheduled
release dates throughout the year.
Cooperative agreements with State
governments permit additional estimates to be made at the
State and/or county level for some commodities. Farmers and
agribusinesses provide the data which are collected through
a broad program of sample surveys throughout the year. Survey
data are collected by mail or through interviews conducted
by telephone or in person. Statistics compiled by the Ohio
Field Office are published nationally along with other states
in NASS agricultural statistics Board reports, and are summarized
locally in state-level reports throughout the year. Mailed
hard copy reports are available by subscription.