From past surveys of farmers, we know what conservation practices growers are using and the effects of those practices on the environment, "but the next logical step is to understand why producers are adopting or not adopting conservation practices..." USDA can better help farmers with conservation problems and projects, according to Dan Mullarkey with NRCS.

Mullarkey said USDA's gathering data on that right now by surveying a scientifically selected sample of about 34,000 crop farmers and those who run confinement livestock operations.

"The best way for USDA to implement effective programs is to have good data and so it's a very important that we hear from those that were in the sample so we can hear your voice and your views," said Joe Parsons with NASS.

USDA will be collecting survey data until August 19th, first results due out September 15th.

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