18 Dec USDA Plans Studies on Aquaculture and Irrigation
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two special studies as part of the 2017 Census of Agriculture to collect more detailed information on aquaculture and irrigation practices in U.S. agriculture. NASS is mailing the 2018 Census of Aquaculture to producers to collect industry-specific data at the state and national levels, including production volume and methods, surface water acres and sources, sales, and more. Responses are due by January 14, 2019. NASS is also mailing the 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey to a sample of producers who reported irrigation practices on their 2017 Census of Agriculture forms. Producers will be asked to provide information on topics such as water sources and the amount of water used, acres irrigated by type of system, irrigation and yield by crop, and system investments and energy costs. The results of this survey will aid efforts to develop and promote efficient irrigation practices and long-term sustainability of water resources. The deadline to complete the survey is February 15, 2019.