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NASS to gather conservation data nationwide

NASS to gather conservation data nationwide

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting 24,000 producers this month as part of a national survey, National Resources Inventory – Conservation Effects Assessment Project, on conservation practices.

NASS will then determine if the producers’ operations and properties meet the criteria to participate in the survey. Those selected will be contacted from October 2015 through February 2016 and asked to participate in the two-year project.

According to the USDA, the purpose of CEAP is to “measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on cultivated and non-cultivated agricultural lands.”

Data obtained from the project may help Natural Resource Conservation Service conservationists and partners determine the efficiency and effectiveness of current conservation techniques and help identify best practices. The USDA says CEAP results may help:

  • Evaluate resources farmers and ranchers may need in the future to further protect soil, water and habitat;
  • Shed light on techniques farmers and ranchers use to conserve healthy agricultural systems and environments;
  • Improve and strengthen technical and financial programs that help farmers and ranchers plan and install conservation measures on agricultural land; and
  • Support conservation programs that can help farmers and ranchers’ profits while also protecting natural resources
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