LITTLE ROCK — In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey catfish operations nationwide to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. catfish inventories and water acreage used for production, according to a news release.

“NASS surveys catfish producers in July to create an accurate estimate of catfish inventories in Arkansas and the nation,” said Eugene Young, director of the NASS Delta Regional Office at Little Rock.

In Arkansas, NASS will survey all known catfish farmers in July asking them to provide the total water area and inventory breakdown of their usage into subcategories (broodfish, foodsize, and fingerlings).

NASS offers the option of responding to the survey by the Internet, telephone, mail or a personal interview with a local NASS representative, according to the release.

The Catfish Production report will be released July 20. This and all NASS reports will be available online at Details: NASS Delta Regional Office at Little Rock, 800-327-2970.

“NASS provides accurate, timely, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture,” according to the release.

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