USDA Requesting Info About On-Farm Irrigation Practices

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the national Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey. Farmers, ranchers and horticulture producers across the country will receive a survey in the mail that asks for information about their water use and irrigation practices. Responses are due by February 10th. NASS Census Planning Branch Chief Chris Messer says water is arguably the most important resource for the agriculture and horticulture industries. Messer says this survey will gauge the stewardship of this precious resource by farmers and ranchers and identify opportunities for new technologies.

The irrigation survey is traditionally conducted after each Census of Agriculture. Only those producers who indicated in the 2012 Census of Agriculture that they irrigate are eligible for sampling. The results of the survey help in the development of improved technology, better equipment and more efficient water use practices. As with the 2012 Census - responses to the survey are mandatory under U.S. law. That same law ensures NASS will maintain all individual responses completely confidential. Messer says NASS takes confidentiality extremely seriously and will only publish data in aggregate form in order to guarantee that no individual operation or producer can be identified in the report.

For more information about the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey - call 888-424-7828 or visit (www.agcensus.usda.gov).

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