Posted: April 29, 2020

The deadline for farmers in Lancaster, York, Franklin and Adams counties to respond to a survey documenting conservation practices installed on their farms has been extended for a second time due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farmers now have until May 15 to complete the survey, which was mailed to producers in these four counties in late February. To keep the survey project on schedule, this will be the last extension of the deadline.

Once the survey is complete, responses will be analyzed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and cumulative results will be provided to Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Office to document the practices farmers have adopted to conserve soil and water and protect water quality. Responses will be completely confidential and never will be associated with a farmer's name or location.

For more information about the survey or to complete it online, visit Questions about the survey can be directed to Matt Royer, director of Penn State's Agriculture and Environment Center, at

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