USDA survey to focus on irrigation

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Water is a vital resource needed for today’s agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving Louisiana farmers, ranchers, and horticultural operations a chance to report on their stewardship of this needed resource. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey, formerly called the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, to gauge on-farm water use and irrigation practices.

This survey provides the only comprehensive information on irrigation activities and water use and Louisiana producers themselves stand to benefit the most from this survey,” said Kathy Broussard, State Statistician, Louisiana State Office, Delta Region. “By providing comprehensive information on irrigation activities and water use on their farms, producers will help in the development of improved technology, better equipment and more efficient water use practices,” continued Broussard.

On Jan. 3, 2019, NASS will mail the irrigation survey to approximately 550 producers in Louisiana. This survey will collect information about irrigation water use during 2018, including crop acreage and yield, application methods, equipment, facilities, and expenditures.

To make it as easy as possible for producers to participate in the survey, NASS offers the option of responding via online, by phone, by mail, or a personal interview with a local NASS representative.

TheIrrigation and Water Management report will be released on November 13, 2019. This and all NASS reports are available online at For more information, call the NASS Delta Regional Office at 800-327-2970.

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