NASS Cancels July Cattle Report, Makes Other Revisions

April 12, 2024

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced this week it is canceling the July cattle report and discontinuing all county estimates for crops and livestock beginning with the 2024 production year, among other changes. The agency’s stated reasoning for doing this is to accommodate budget reductions contained in the most recent appropriations bills. While the July cattle report is more expensive to produce than others, it is important to note that USDA is not realizing a substantive cost savings by withholding this critical information. NCBA opposes this action and has called on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately reverse the decision to ensure the July 2024 inventory report is published on schedule.

NASS also plans to reduce the number of states receiving January cattle estimates, January and monthly cattle on feed estimates, and monthly milk production and price estimates. Kansas should not be impacted by these cuts.