ADVISORY: USDA SURVEYS FARMERS TO DEVELOP POLICY & PROGRAM INCENTIVES
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the next phase of its 2016 National Resources Inventory-Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP). The USDA will be surveying 16,000 farmers and ranchers until February 2017 to document conservation and production practices. This survey will help USDA develop voluntary, science-based solutions and incentives for improving conservation at farms and ranches.
Over the past several months, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) initially reached out to 25,000 farmers and ranchers throughout the United States to determine eligibility to participate in the survey. USDA is now in the process of reaching out to eligible farmers to conduct in-person interviews.
“The survey will measure the environmental benefits associated with installing and using conservation practices on agricultural land,” stated NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer in USDA’s announcement on November 1, 2016. “Responses to the survey can directly benefit producers themselves by helping leaders focus on what producers need to install conservation practices that are best for their operations environmentally and financially.”
The survey specifically examines the implementation of conservation practices, use of nutrients and pesticides, as well as cropping and irrigation history and grazing patterns. The survey is being conducted in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The results of the study will be used to direct USDA’s natural resource conservation policy and program development to help farmers and ranchers conserve farmland and natural resources more efficiently and effectively. The USDA has invested over $29 billion since 2009 to assist in conservation improvements.
More information on the USDA’s NRI-CEAP survey can be found here.