Questionnaires Being Sent Concerning Forest and Grazing Conservation Practices

Dan Conservation, Environment, USDA-NASS, USDA-NRCS

Summer morning in the pasture. A herd of black Aberdeen Angus cows graze on green grass.
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This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) started mailing questionnaires in an effort to get a better understanding of forest and grazing conservation practices. 

It’s a combined effort by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The project is called the Conservation Practice Adoption Motivations Survey (CPAMS) and is being mailed to 43,000 forest and grazing landowners and managers across the nation. USDA wants to gather information to better understand why people choose to use different conservation practices, and whether they continue to use those practices over time. 

While four conservation categories are researched through CPAMS overall (crop practices, confined livestock practices, grazing practices and forestry practices), this survey only involves grazing and forestry practices. 

Those receiving a questionnaire will have the option to respond online, by mail, or fax. If NASS does not receive completed questionnaires by July 28th, they may reach out to schedule interviews. 

For more information about conservation practices available for your operation, contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.