DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – There isn’t very much data about conservation practices on farms but the USDA is trying to change that.
This week the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that the second phase of the Conservation Effects Assessment Project is in action.
It will work with the National Agricultural Statistic Service to figure out how much conservation practices are going on.
In Iowa, about 537 farmers will fall into the study, so Iowa NASS enumerators will be out trying to contact them through February 1st.
This is the second time a nationwide survey like this has been done, the last one was back between 2003 and 2006.
According to Iowa NASS Director Greg Thessen, a lot has changed in a decade, “Here in Iowa, you know, we have the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, which has provided some funding for farmers to put in conservation on their farm. There’s always been federal programs the provide assistance to do the same thing. So the survey’s going to measure all of those projects that farmers have put in place on their farm. Plus any that they put in place voluntarily. There could be some that farmers have put in without any assistance.”