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Project Title: Improving Data Collection and Reporting about Agriculture with Increasingly Complex Farm Business Structures

PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-15-14         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit:
Committee on National Statistics

Mackie, Chris

Subject/Focus Area:
Agriculture; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Surveys and Statistics

Improving Data Collection and Reporting about Agriculture with Increasingly Complex Farm Business Structures
May 24, 2017 - May 25, 2017
Davis, CA

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Michael Siri
Phone: 202-334-3113
Fax: 202-334-3751


Day 1, May 24, 2017: Open Public Session (9:20am to 1:30pm)
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, 530 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616
Meeting room: Founders Board Room

9:20am Welcome, Introductions, Overview of Agenda
­ Cathy Kling, Chair

9:30 View from the NASS Pacific Regional Field Office
The Director will discuss: the current survey design, identifying aspects that work more and less effectively; changes over time in respondents’ cooperation and attitudes; trends in special handling requests (e.g., willingness or unwillingness to provide certain types of information, preferences regarding interviewers or survey mode, etc.); data system modernization needs.
­ Chris Messer, Director of Pacific Regional Field Office, NASS
­ Open discussion

10:15 Perspective of a data user (who is also a data provider)
Views on the evolution of NASS data programs along with U.S. Agriculture. Insights into complex operations, responding to the Census (and other surveys), and complications created by the interaction of operations and family members.
­ Don Brown, Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture
­ Open discussion

11:15 Break

11:30 Perspectives of producers/owners/operators/decision makers
The goal of this session is to elicit insights that may help NASS and ERS improve the comprehensiveness and relevance of their surveys, and increase the value of resultant data and statistics to users. Among the questions open for discussion: What is the organizational structure for your production? What complexities exist in terms of what is produced, how it is produced, and who produces it? What are the current reporting requirements, and how well do the questionnaires capture your farm’s activities? Is the person who responds to surveys the same as the person who makes decisions, runs operations? What is the level of reporting burden—is it household or business-centric? Do you have farm management software, are you or is your accountant able/willing to deliver data to NASS with a click of your mouse (or are you forced to fill in paper forms). Is there value to your operation of resulting USDA data, statistics and reports?
- Kevin Phillips, Michael David Winery
- Jim and Mary Rickert Prather Ranch, Shasta County (by phone)
- Tony Turkovich, Button and Turkovich Ranch, Yolo County
­ Open discussion

12:30pm Working lunch with guests to continue discussion

1:30 Adjourn open session

Closed Session (panel and staff only)

1:45pm Reconvene

5:00 Adjourn

6:30 Working Dinner (by invitation), Mustard Seed (222 D Street, Davis CA)

Day 2, May 25, 2017: Open Public Session (9:00am to 1:30pm)

9:00 Depart for Button & Turkovich Farms, 24604 Buckeye Rd, Winters, CA 95694 [Gather in hotel lobby after breakfast]

The goal of the field trip is to observe firsthand the business relationships involved in the production processes of a large multi-product operation. One task for the committee is to investigate the extent to which data generated by USDA surveys capture activities and processes on the farm. We may revisit some of the questions from the Day 1 discussion about complex operations—what is produced, how it is produced, and who produces it (and how are these reported)?

12:xx Lunch in Winters CA—Putah Creek Café

1:xx Return to UC Davis

Closed Session (panel and staff only)
UCD Social Sciences & Humanities Building
Meeting room: DeLoach Room

2:00 Wrap up discussions

3:00 Adjourn

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
J. Arbuckle
Norman Bradburn
Richard Dunn
Allen Featherstone
Joe Glauber
Brent Hueth
Ani Katchova
Catherine Kling
Doris Mold
Jean Opsomer
Krijn Poppe
Daniel Sumner
James Wagner
Jeremy Weber

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
The panel discussed both the presentations from the previous day and the morning's field trip, and future plenary and subgroup meetings were scheduled.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: July 14, 2017