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January 7, 2014

~ Responses due February 10, 2014 ~
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the national Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey. Farmers, ranchers and horticulture producers across the United States will begin receiving the survey in the mail beginning January 7, 2014, asking them to provide information about their water use and irrigation practices. Responses are due by February 10. 

According to VDACS, water is arguably the most important resource for agriculture and horticulture industries. The Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey will gauge farmers’ and ranchers’ stewardship of their water resources and identify opportunities for new technologies.

NASS traditionally conducts the irrigation survey following each Census of Agriculture. Only those producers who indicated in the 2012 Census of Agriculture that they irrigate are eligible for sampling. The results of the survey help in the development of improved technology, better equipment and more efficient water use practices.

The survey is conducted as part of the Census of Agriculture program, and just as with the 2012 Census, the responses are mandatory under U.S. law. The same law also ensures that NASS will maintain all individual responses completely confidential.

Click here for more information about the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, call 888.424.7828 or visit.

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