Include Organic Crop and Acreage Production, Price, and Disposition Questions
in Probability Field Crop Surveys and Supplemental Panel Surveys
in the Information Collection for Field Crop Production:
Comments of the Organic Trade Association on
“Notice of Intent to Request an Extension
of a Currently Approved Information Collection”,
Federal Register, Vol. 69, No. 107, Thursday, June 3, 2004, p. 31342
August 9, 2004
Associate Policy Director
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) thanks USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for this opportunity to comment on the information collection for Field Crop Production. OTA notes that this information collection was last approved by OMB prior to the implementation of the National Organic Program’s Final Rule (7 CFR 205).
As a way to enhance the quality of the information to be collected, OTA requests that crop and acreage production, price, and disposition data for organic production (production under 7 CFR 205) be segregated during the Probability Field Crop Surveys and Supplemental Panel Surveys. This information would still be of great use to the organic sector even if it were aggregated for public dissemination at the state or even national level, as it would represent the best data yet collected on this topic.
With the establishment of the National Organic Program, OTA considers this information collection necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, and its collection will assist the organic sector in many practical ways, most importantly including increasing market knowledge among both buyers and sellers.
OTA notes that such an information collection would complement the upcoming county data for the 2002 National Census of Agriculture.
Thank you very much for your consideration.