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For Immediate Release: February 11, 1999 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic

More than 100 randomly selected New Jersey farmers will be asked to participate in the annual agricultural resource management study being conducted by the New Jersey Agricultural Statistics Service through April 15.

"The results of this study will be used to assess national changes in the structure of agriculture, the impact of changes in federal farm programs, and the affects of adverse weather in 1998 on producers= net income and cash flow," said New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Art Brown, Jr. "I encourage all Garden State farmers selected for this important study to participate so that New Jersey's agriculture industry is well represented in the study results."

The study will provide objective, reliable, and up-to-date information for use by public policy makers. Information will be collected concerning agricultural income and expenses, assets and liabilities, cost of producing various commodities, and operating characteristics. The data will help to show the financial health of agriculture, how the various types of enterprises within agriculture are performing, and whether some sectors are more financially vulnerable than others.

New Jersey farmers selected to participate in the study have been notified and interviewers will visit them personally to complete the report. USDA will publish the results of this study later this year in a series of reports on the farm financial situation. The study results will be used nationwide by federal and state governments, commodity analysts, producer organizations, and others to benefit farmers and the rural community.

For additional information, contact:
Vic Tolomeo, State Statistician,
New Jersey Agricultural Statistics Service,