USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is asking about 85,000 producers across the country to respond to important surveys involving cotton, corn, soybeans, sorghum, rice and hogs.

From Nov. 29 until Dec. 17, NASS will be gathering final information about the 2012 U.S. row crops focusing on harvested acreage as well as crops produced/stored.

Many respondents already have received surveys for both row crops and hog information in the mail.

Respondents can either fill out the questionnaire using NASS’s online system or mail it back.

NASS representatives also will contact producers who do not respond to help them complete the questionnaire over the telephone.

As with all NASS surveys, the information collected in the December surveys is kept strictly confidential, as required by federal law.

Survey results are available in aggregate form only and are equally available to all parties.

For more information about these surveys, visit