USDA’s 1st hemp surveys hitting mailboxes

(This story has been updated to correct that the survey is mandated by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.)

The first hemp survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the mail.

The agency’s National Agricultural Statistics Service began sending its first-ever Hemp Acreage and Production Survey Monday. The survey is the first federal attempt to compile data on total planted and harvested hemp acreage as well as yield, production and crop value.

The survey, mandated through the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, will provide data about the hemp industry – including the value of hemp in the United States – to assist producers, regulatory agencies, state governments, processors and industry members in making decisions about the crop.

Hemp producers may also complete the survey online using a code located on the survey mailing label, or complete and send the survey using a provided return envelope.