Washington and Oregon vegetable and strawberry farmers will be asked how they use agricultural chemicals and manage pests during the next three months.
It's part of a nationwide survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Farmers will have the chance to explain how they produce safe, high-quality food, said Christopher Mertz, director of the service's Northwest Regional Field Office.
Officials will be surveying Washington farmers who grow asparagus, processing carrots, sweet corn, dry onions, green peas and strawberries. They also will seek out Oregon farmers who grow snap beans, sweet corn, dry onions, green peas and strawberries. During in-person interviews, agency representatives will be asking for information on acreage, fertilizer and pesticide application data and pest management practices.
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The goal is to supply the USDA, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and other agencies with accurate, up-to-date chemical use information.
What each farmer reports will be confidential. The agency will release state and national level data to make sure no individual farmers can be identified.