Conservation Effects Assessment Project

In recent decades, Congress has demonstrated strong support for conservation programs through Farm Bill legislation. The intent of this legislation is to ensure the nation’s farmlands remain healthy and productive while helping farmers and ranchers prevent soil erosion, maintain water quality, and protect natural resources. Conservation programs save millions of acres from soil erosion, enhance water and air quality, restore and protect wetlands and wildlife habitat and conserve water. Private landowners benefit from an assortment of assistance, including cost-share, land rental, incentive payments as well as technical assistance to adopt and maintain conservation practices. The 2016 National Resources Inventory (NRI) – Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) survey seeks to collects information from farmers and ranchers to more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land. National Agricultural Statistics Service representatives will visit nearly 25,000 farms nationwide to interview farmers about production practices including:

  • Chemical, fertilizer and manure applications
  • Integrated pest management
  • Installed conservation practices
  • Land and water use decisions

NASS conducts the survey for CEAP under a cooperative agreement with NRCS. Data obtained from the project may help NRCS conservationists and partners determine the efficiency and effectiveness of current conservation techniques and help identify best practices. CEAP results may also help:

  • Evaluate resources farmers and ranchers may need in the future to further protect soil, water, and habitat;
  • Shed light on techniques farmers and ranchers use to conserve healthy agricultural systems and environments;
  • Improve and strengthen technical and financial programs that help farmers and ranchers plan and install conservation measures on agricultural land; and
  • Support conservation programs that can help farmers and ranchers’ profits while also protecting natural resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is CEAP?
  • Why should farmers participate in CEAP?
  • How is CEAP conducted?
  • Will my information be kept confidential?

Outreach Materials

2016 CEAP Survey Data Collection Materials

NASS CEAP Contacts

  • Pam Coleman 202-720-6469
  • Ty Tolbert 202-690-0922

Last Modified: 05/04/2018