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September 28, 2005   Email to Friend 

USDA TO SURVEY ALABAMA FARMERS, RANCHERS
The USDA'S National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey Alabama farmers and ranchers on conservation practices.
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
September 28, 2005

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting a survey that includes Alabama producers to determine how conservation practices of farmers and ranchers improve water, soil and air quality and enhance wildlife habitat. The survey, called the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), began in September and will conclude in November.

"The 2002 Farm Bill provided historic levels of funding for conservation programs," said Herb Vanderberry, director of the NASS Alabama Field Office. "CEAP will offer USDA, the agricultural community, policymakers and the general public a measure of the benefits achieved through this investment."

Selected producers will be asked for information about their farming activities, land management practices and participation in USDA conservation programs. The information gathered through CEAP will be combined with data from other sources to create a complete picture of environmental and conservation management conditions across the United States.

Information collected from individual producers and operations by NASS is kept confidential, but is used in combination with other responses to set state and national estimates.

"By participating in CEAP, farmers and ranchers have an opportunity to ensure that conservation programs will continue to keep America's working lands healthy and productive into the future," Vanderberry said.

For more information about CEAP and other surveys conducted by NASS, contact the Alabama Field Office at 1-800-832-4181.


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