Budget Battle Means Fewer USDA Agricultural Reports

MADISON, Wis. (March 13, 2013)--The National Agricultural Statistics Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm, says it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of the automatic federal budget cuts taking effect.

The service keeps tabs on a wide range of agricultural industries that generate billions of dollars for the U.S. economy and its reports influence the price and supply of many products that end up on American dinner plates.

The reports suspended this year include the agency's July tally of cattle, which is used by the beef industry, and milk production reports.

The agency posted a notice on its website Tuesday listing the reports to be cut.

It said the decision was not made lightly, but was necessary given the agency's funding.

Other reports cover catfish, potatoes, rice and fruit and vegetables.

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