ASA led a coalition of farm groups this week in a letter supporting a funding request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) that would allow the agency to resume the publication of Current Industrial Reports on edible fats and oils.
Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would terminate several Current Industrial Reports, including two that covered oilseeds and fats and oil, at which time, ASA joined with other agricultural and commodity groups that were impacted by the termination of the reports to urge NASS to take over the reports. In its FY2014 budget proposal NASS has requested funding to enable them to resume some of the terminated reports, including replacements for the reports on oilseeds and fats and oils.
Resumption of the reports is contingent upon sufficient funding in the FY14 Agriculture Appropriations bill to enable NASS to undertake the Current Industrial Reports as well as other reports that were ceased due to budget constraints and sequestration.
The letters, sent on June 3, were signed by 15 organizations and copies can be viewed here.