More forecasters are expecting La Niña to return to the U.S. later this year. The U.S. government last week joined weather forecasters in predicting the weather event will quickly follow the current El Niño weather pattern later this year. Weather models indicate La Niña conditions, which tend to occur unpredictably every two to seven years, may emerge in the Northern Hemisphere this fall, while El Niño is expected to dissipate during the late spring or early summer.

USDA workers are spending the next few months conducting the last phase of the 2015 Agricultural Resource Management Survey. Interviewers representing the National Agricultural Statistics Service will be visiting farms and ranches across the nation to compile the final phase of the survey. NASS Administrator Joseph Reilly says this survey helps USDA maintain accurate forecast to help policy makers make accurate decisions. The survey includes farm household income, production expenses and other farm financial information. NASS interviewers, often current or former farmers and ranchers themselves, will visit and help producers who have not mailed their form yet complete the survey questions.