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Farmers Urged to Complete Survey

Posted: February 29, 2016

The survey, administered by the Penn State Survey Research Center, inventories conservation practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

From now until April 30, 2016, farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have the opportunity to help tell the story of what steps they have taken to protect and improve water quality and soil health on their farms.

"Pennsylvania agriculture has done much to improve water quality in our local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay," said Matt Royer, director of the Agriculture and Environment Center. "Yet that positive story often is not told. We want to give farmers in the bay watershed a chance to tell that story."

The survey, which asks questions about a dozen priority conservation practices and plans, was mailed by the Penn State Survey Research Center to approximately 20,000 farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Farmers who did not receive a survey but would like to participate can request a survey online or calling 1-866-898-4277 and referencing “PA Farm Conservation Practices Inventory Project.”

The Agriculture and Environment Center is now making available materials for partners to help promote the survey. Promotional materials can be found on the AEC website, including a fact sheet, promotional text, and pdf files of a postcard, poster and powerpoint presentation. 

The survey was developed collaboratively by Penn State, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, PennAg Industries Association, Pennsylvania Farmers Union, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission, the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.