The North Carolina Ag Statistics Service is conducting a study on corn production practices. The study will survey some 120 North Carolina producers.

The Agricultural Resource Management Study will gather information on corn production practices, chemical applications and pest management practices during the fall of 2001. Less than 4,000 of the nation's two million farmers will be asked to participate in the study.

The information will be merged and used by commodity analysts, producer organizations and others to benefit North Carolina farmers.

The study gives participants an opportunity to set the record straight about issues that affect them, such as fertilizer and pesticide use on corn. Results from the study will be used to develop agricultural production practices that improve productivity for farm operators and ensure a safer, cleaner working environment for producers, their families and communities.

Letters will soon notify North Carolina farm operators who are selected to participate in this year's study. Interviewers will visit them personally to collect their reports at the operator's convenience. USDA will publish national information on chemical use and analyze commodity production costs and returns in a series of reports in 2002.