The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released a revised schedule of reports affected by the partial government shutdown. Due to a lapse in federal funding, NASS staff members were unable to collect data and compile the reports during the shutdown.
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The following reports affecting dairy producers have been rescheduled, and others will be announced as soon as they are determined:

• Ag Prices report/Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) calculations  The November 2018 monthly summary of agricultural prices, including those used to calculate MPP-Dairy margins for November, will be released Jan. 31. Then, the December 2018 Ag Prices report and MPP-Dairy margin calculations will be released on Feb. 20.

• Milk Production report  The estimate of November 2018 milk production will be released Feb. 20, followed by the December 2018 Milk Production report on March 12.

• Dairy Products report – November 2018 estimates of dairy product production will be released Feb. 4.


• Crop reports  Numerous reports related to crop production are set to be released in early February. A final estimate of 2018 field crop production, and grain and hay stocks estimates for Dec. 1, will be released Feb. 6. Additional grain and crop production reports will be released Feb. 8, likely coinciding with the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) monthly World Ag Supply & Demand Estimate report.

• Cattle reports  The estimate of cattle on feed in large feedlots as of Jan. 1, 2019, will be released on Feb. 22, followed by the estimate as of Feb. 1, on March 8. A semiannual report on beef and dairy cattle numbers will be released Feb. 28.

A revised schedule of additional reports will be announced later.

During the shutdown, only the USDA’s Ag Marketing Service (AMS) continued to issue regular market reports because many of the reports were supported by user fees or through other funding avenues, according to Veronica Nigh, economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation.  end mark

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