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Beginning in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact Wisconsin farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey.

The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and will help shape negotiations for 2017 rental agreements.

NASS will publish average cash rental rates at national, state and county levels for non-irrigated cropland, irrigated cropland, and pastureland on September 9, 2016.

'This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,' said NASS' Wisconsin Field Office State

Statistician Greg Bussler. 'Since the last rental rate survey was conducted two years ago, it is critical for producers to

respond and provide updated information for their area. By responding, farmers help provide the most up-to-date

information that will be used by the Farm Service Agency and other USDA agencies to help develop and administer

Federal farm programs that they rely on.'

More than 7,300 Wisconsin farmers have already been sent the survey form in the mail. NASS also offers the

option of responding online via a secure Internet connection. In April, NASS representatives will begin calling and

visiting operators who have not yet responded.

'We guarantee confidentiality of all individual information, regardless of the response method participants

choose, as required by federal law,' Bussler said. 'NASS will combine your responses with your fellow producers

nationwide, providing the only accurate and comprehensive estimate of U.S. average rent and lease rates.'

For more information about the Cash Rents and Leases survey, call the NASS Wisconsin Field Office at 800-789-9277. All NASS reports and data are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

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