Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has affected the United States hog herd and is a serious problem that has been diagnosed in over 3,000 cases across the country. Hog producers are the only source for information about the condition of the industry.
In early March, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact hog producers and contractors nationwide for the quarterly Hogs and Pigs survey. The agency will survey pork producers for detailed information on market hog and breeding stock inventories, as well as, farrowing intentions.
Hog producers who receive a questionnaire in the mail are asked respond via the Internet, mail, or fax as soon as possible. Hog producers selected for the survey that do not report by February 28 will be contacted to arrange a telephone or personal interview. To respect bio-security measures in effect across the
country, USDA data collectors will contact producers by phone before attempting to visit farms to collect information for the report.
Information provided by respondents is confidential under Federal law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state and national level data, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified.
Survey results will be published in NASS' quarterly Hogs and Pigs report issued on March 28.