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Farmers Question USDA Acreage

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Farmers Question USDA Acreage

Doubts about the accuracy of the recent USDA acreage report has farmers asking why the agency doesn’t use the data they provide when certifying their acres in the farm program.  Iowa Ag Secretary and farmer Bill Northey says the problem is not all farmers participate in the farm program, but its more of a timing issue.

Northey says there’s also a historical precedent that has been established with surveying farmers for the report.

He says using prevent plant acres or crop insurance information would also leave some holes in the acreage data.

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