The Agricultural Resource Management Survey is conducted on different crops each year and 2014 is a corn year.
Greg Thessen, the regional director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, says once the data is collated and released to the public, it’s a tool policymakers can use to evaluate proposed changes.
Thessen says, “This provides a good source of information for them to take a look at see, okay, if they change a policy what impact is that going to have on farmers and how they grow crops or corn in particular.”
Thessen says several hundred Nebraska farmers will be polled for this year’s corn survey. The information gathered will be released in public reports beginning next May.
Thessen says the survey gives farmers a chance to tell the government how they grow their crops.
He says, “What kind of inputs it takes as far as fertilizer and pesticides go, as well as any pest management practices, and really show other people that may not be involved with agriculture how they are good stewards of the land.”
Thessen says selected farmers will receive a notice in the mail and then a USDA employee will visit the farmer to record detailed information about the use of chemical inputs.
He says one use is for the Environmental Protection Agency to see whether products are being used according to their labels.