Daily Staff Report
RICHMOND -- Approximately 1,800 Virginia farmers will be surveyed next month so federal agriculture officials can get a clearer picture of the nation's crops, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will reach out to Virginia growers by mail, phone or in person during the first two weeks of June.
This is a follow-up to reports from farmers in March. Then they said they had planned to plant more acres of corn, soybeans and peanuts this season and cut back on cotton. USDA now is seeking a tally of what actually has been planted.
Virginia's commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, Matthew J. Lohr, said the information is critical for growers, suppliers and others.