Water is a source of life and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving
Iowa farmers and ranchers a chance to report on their stewardship of this precious resource.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct 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 Iowa producers themselves stand to benefit the most from this survey,” said
Greg Thessen, director of the NASS Iowa Field Office. “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.”
The survey will also include an additional focus on nursery and horticultural operations.
NASS will collect information about irrigation water use during 2013, including application
methods, equipment, facilities, expenditures, crop acreage and yield.In early January NASS mailed the irrigation survey to 625 producers in Iowa, with
responses due back by February 10, 2014. As is the case with all NASS surveys, information
provided by respondents is protected by law. NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all
responses, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified.
Only those producers who indicated irrigation in the 2012 Census of Agriculture, will
receive the survey. As part of the Census program, the irrigation survey participation is
mandatory with accordance to U.S. law.
For more information about the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, call (888) 424-7828 or visit